Great Britain Women U18 ended the Four Nations International Tournament in Granada with a narrow 2-1 defeat by Spain after penalty shots.
GB had cause to feel hard done by when a shot from Emily Harris hit the inside of the top of the goal net but was not given by the officials.
Charlotte Edgar grabbed GB’s goal during regulation time, but the hosts claimed the extra point though following a dramatic best-of-five penalty shootout.
Earlier defeats by Hungary and Poland left GB bottom of the standings, but head coach Cheryl Smith said she was pleased with the progress made by her young team.
“The girls handled everything thrown at them,” she said. “We talk about a learning curve and that’s exactly what they had this trip.
“They will come out of this stronger and better prepared for the World Championship in January.
“It’s disappointing to have had the goal not count but that’s hockey. You have to get on with it and not dwell on what happened.
“Overall, we are very pleased with the team and progress they have made. This squad will be together for many years and that’s something we haven’t had in the past.”
Earlier, Hungary won the four-team tournament with a 3-2 victory over Poland.
GB now turn their attentions to the World Championship U18 (Division 1B) tournament in Poland in January.