Cullen helps Great Britain claim Champions Trophy silver

Cullen (pictured fourth from the right, on the back row) scored five times as Britain claimed silver in Rosario.
Cullen (pictured fourth from the right, on the back row) scored five times as Britain claimed silver in Rosario.

CRISTA Cullen’s Champions Trophy challenge ended in disappointment as Great Britain lost 1-0 to hosts Argentina in the final.

Boston-born Cullen - GB’s leading scorer in the competition - had her side’s best chance of the evening in Rosario, but her effort from a corner was deflected wide.

The Leicester defender scored a total of five goals in the competition as Britain claimed silver.

Silvina D’Elia scored the favourites’ winning goal in the 28th minute on Sunday night, converting a penalty corner.

Cullen posted on her Twitter account: “Gutted with a silver medal, the only +ve (positive) is that it will make us train harder for our aspirations of gold.”

However, the silver lining is that this is the GB women’s highest-ever placing in a world event, coming just months ahead of the Olympic Games on home soil.

Britain beat Germany 2-0 in their semi-final after overcoming Korea 4-1.

In the group stages, GB earned a 3-1 victory over China, Cullen scoring twice.

She also bagged a brace in the 2-2 draw with the Netherlands and was on target in a 3-0 win over Japan.

The Champions Trophy is the International Hockey Federation’s most prestigious annual event.