Pearn nets first Champions Trophy goal in a decade

Great Britain’s Champions Trophy campaign got off to a winning start in Auckland as goals from East Grinstead’s Mark Pearn and Reading’s Simon Mantell helped GB come from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Pakistan.

Mantell’s late goal thrashed high into the net earned Great Britain all three points as the Reading forward reacted quickest to a bouncing pass from Ashley Jackson after East Grinstead’s Mark Pearn had earlier equalised Muhammad Imran’s first half opener.

Mark Pearn celebrates scoring a goal for Great Britain against Pakistan at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, New ZealandImran’s powerful penalty corner flick had given Pakistan the lead just before the half (right) showed great composure to delicately thread the ball beyond goalkeeper Salman Akbar and two defenders ten minutes into the second half. As Great Britain piled on the pressure with a series of penalty corners late on, Simon Mantell made it 2-1 with a shot high into the net from the second phase of a penalty corner.

Afterwards, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said, “It was great to see so many positives for so many individuals today.  Ben Hawes was back in a major tournament for the first time after injury. Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers both played in their first Champions Trophy matches and Mark Pearn has scored his first Champions Trophy goal in ten years.” 

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