Scoon and Headland fire GB Women to victory over Australia

Great Britain Women beat Australia 2-1 in their opening game at the World Championship Division 2A tournament in Dumfries.

Beth Scoon scored her first GB goal and 17-year-old Aimee Headland netted on her debut, while netminder Nicole Jackson turned away 18 of the 19 shots she faced.

GB went ahead when Jodie Bloom set up Scoon for a bullet from blueline in the 15th minute.

Katie Marsden broke free early in the second session but shot just wide, before Jackson had to be at her best to keep out two close-range shots.

Saffron Allen, Kim Lane, Steph Towns and Georgina Farman then all had chances before the period came to a close.

Aimee Headland gave GB a two-goal cushion after 50 minutes, stealing the puck in the offensive zone before producing a brilliant floated top-shelf finish.

Michelle Clark-Crumpton set up a tense end to the game with a goal in the 58th minute, but GB were not to be denied and held on for an opening-night victory.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “The girls gave us a 60-minute performance and they can be very happy.

“They worked hard from start to finish. It was a physical game and they gave it their all throughout. We saw some fantastic periods of play and some scrappy moments, but we got the job done.”

In the day’s earlier games, Spain beat Slovenia 4-3 following a penalty shoot-out and Mexico recorded a 4-2 victory over DPR Korea.

GB return to action on Thursday evening when they face Slovenia (8.00pm).

(Image permission: Karl Denham)