Graham scores but GB suffer heavy goalball loss

Great Britain's Michael Sharkey (left) Niall Graham and David Knott (right) in action against Lithuania during the Mens's Goalball at the Copper Box, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 30, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS . Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Great Britain's Michael Sharkey (left) Niall Graham and David Knott (right) in action against Lithuania during the Mens's Goalball at the Copper Box, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 30, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS . Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Corby’s Niall Graham had the honour of scoring Great Britain’s first-ever goal in Paralympic competition - but that was where the joy ended for the nation’s goalball side.

They lost 11-1 to world champions Lithuania in their opening match of the Games at the Copper Box.

Despite the setback, though, Graham remains confident they can still recover and thrive in the rest of the competition.

“It was always going to be hard,” the 21-year-old said.

“We’ve something to build on and we can only come back stronger.

“I thought individually we defended balls well, we had good shots, but we just got hit in a few spots which cost us.”

Graham’s goal midway through the first half put GB only one goal behind.

But it was all about the gold medal favourites after that as they stormed to an 8-1 lead.

They scored three more after the break to complete a convincing win.

Britain’s team leader Dawn Newbury added: “We’ve played Lithuania twice in the last few weeks and that probably our strongest performance against them.

“Of their goals, I would say one they got through poor defence and the rest were world class.”

Britain, who can still qualify for the quarter-finals, are in action again tomorrow morning when they play Turkey in their second group match.