Great Britain Women U18 off the mark in style against Australia

Great Britain U18 Women beat Australia 5-1 to secure their first victory at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Poland on Tuesday.

Emily Harris scored a goal and contributed two assists, Kaitlyn Morrison was named as GB’s player of the game and netminder Maisie Gilbert turned away 18 of the 19 shots she faced.

A tight opening period saw limited chances for both sides with Emily Johnson going close for GB, while Harris fired wide and had a close-range shot saved by Australia netminder Imogen Perry on the same shift.

The game exploded into life with three goals in four-a-half-minutes which saw GB take a 2-1 second-period lead.

Harris fed Lizzie Saunders on a two-on-one breakaway to put GB ahead after 22 minutes, before Australia hit back on the powerplay.

Moments after Shiarna Tarasenko hit the crossbar, Sara Sammons pounced from close range to equalise.

GB went back in front with a clever shot from Harris across Perry from the right circle in the 26th minute.

Strong work from Chloe Riley to chase down the puck left-hand side set up the chance for GB’s third and her pinpoint pass freed Lucy Beal to fire past Perry after 43 minutes.

Ellie Wakeling and Riley added further goals in the final six minutes to secure an impressive win.

GB head coach Cheryl Smith said: “We have been building to this result all weekend and it was fully deserved.

“The coaching staff are so pleased for the girls as they have worked so hard.

“The key tonight was that they were patient and when they got the big chances, they took them.

“It was a fantastic performance all-round and sets us up nicely for our final two games.”

Denmark and France lead the table after three games with both having nine points out of a possible nine, although the Danes top the group because of their superior goal difference. GB are fourth, three points behind hosts Poland.

GB return to action on Thursday when they face China (7.00pm UK time).