Douglas goal seals silver for GB Women in final day victory over DPR Korea

Great Britain Women secured the silver medal with a 2-1 victory over DPR Korea in the final game of the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Dumfries.

Jang Hyang put DPR Korea ahead on a delayed penalty as she reacted first to a loose puck on the doorstep in the third minute.

GB grew stronger as the period went on and Kim Lane, Shannon Douglas and Steph Towns all went close, while Katie Marsden hit the base of the left-hand post.

Marsden forced a good pad save out of So Jong Sim early in session two and GB equalised when Lane netted from close range for her second goal of the tournament after 27 minutes.

GB looked the most likely to score again and Shannon Douglas slotted in a rebound after Towns had seen her shot saved in the 34th minute.

Nicole Jackson, on the night she won her 50th GB cap, made two stunning saves from a scramble around the net to keep GB’s one-goal lead intact in the final session.

Abbie Sylvester hit the base of the right-hand post and Marsden’s bullet of a shot pinged back off the bar as GB went in search of the insurance goal.

GB had to kill off a late DPR Korea powerplay but held firm to secure the silver medal on home ice.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “I am not going to lie, we came to the tournament with the aim of gold and we said that publicly.

“It hasn’t gone our way this week, but the coaching staff will take many positives from what we have seen.

“The girls can hold their heads up high as they gave everything on the ice and left nothing behind. With the mix of experience and young players, I think the future is very safe hands.

“There are many more in the pipeline so we have plenty to be excited about. The coaching staff believe these players can challenge for a place on the roster next year.”

Slovenia beat Mexico 7-1 in the day’s first game to secure promotion, while Spain finished the tournament in third place.

(Image permission: Karl Denham)