British women edge out Korea on Olympic pitch at Riverbank Arena test event
18:25 GMT, 2 May 2012
Great Britain won their first match on the Olympic hockey pitch after Alex Danson scored the only goal against Korea at the test event for London 2012.
Reading forward Danson celebrated winning her 50th international cap with a superb winner eight minutes from full time in front of a 4,000 strong British crowd at the Riverbank Arena.
The 26-year-old's reverse-stick strike proved enough for Danny Kerry's side, who will again lock horns with Korea at the Games themselves.
Match-winner: Great Britain forward Alex Danson (centre) celebrates with her team-mates
Catch me if you can: Danson is challenged by South Korea's Han Hyelyoung
Danson said: 'The atmosphere was amazing. It was incredible to receive my 50th cap here on home turf and it was lovely to get a goal too.
'I was thinking I'd take it on my reverse because I'm pretty comfortable there and I just hit it. The goalkeeper got a glove to it but it was great to see it go in.'
Danson's strike got Britain off the hook after a disappointing performance that offered little in attack. Coach Kerry admitted his side had not played to their full potential but was able to take some positives from the win.
Striking: Spectators watch Britain play Korea on the colourful blue and pink Olympic pitch
Up and running: India (in white) play Australia in a men's preliminary round match at the test event
'In terms of chances Korea probably shaded it overall with corners, but we did have some good open play opportunities which we unfortunately we didn't take,' said Kerry. 'I'm not overly disappointed with our performance, we got a win, but I am disappointed that we didn't take the good chances we had.'
British captain Kate Walsh, who won her 100th cap, added: 'We know we can play a lot better but it's brilliant to get out there, get the first game in our legs and start building the positivity and the momentum towards the Olympics.'
Fans' view: Argentina beat China in the opening match at the Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park
Chase: South Korea's Hyelyoung Han gets away from Great Britain's Nicola White and Sarah Thomas
Eight teams – four per gender – are playing in London over the five days of the test tournament. In the opening match of the event, gold medal favourites Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Chile.
The arena was operating at just a fraction of its 12,000 capacity, but the attendance will edge up towards the weekend. Britain are due to play Argentina on Saturday.
Britain's men take on Germany in their opening game on Wednesday evening.