Great Britain start Olympic qualifying campaign with victory over Romania

Great Britain kicked-off their Olympic qualifying campaign with a 4-3 victory over Romania on Thursday.

Romania went ahead as Vitali Kirichenko shot high across Ben Bowns in the 14th minute, before GB hit back soon after as Dallas Ehrhardt’s strike went in off the left-hand post.

Ehrhardt was involved in GB’s second goal as his shot was saved and Robert Farmer put in the rebound for his ninth goal for his country after 17 minutes.

Daniel Tranca’s long-range blast hauled Romania level midway through the second period, but GB took a two-goal lead as Matthew Myers and Ben Lake scored twice within 30 seconds.

Alpar Sallo reduced the deficit with three minutes to play, but GB saw the game out for an opening-day victory.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “I was pleased to win the first game against what a very good team. They are one division below the top flight now and improving all the time.

“We played with pace and good tempo. We tried a few things that didn’t come off, but overall it was a good performance.”

GB return to action on Saturday when they face Estonia (6.00pm).

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)