JOHOR BAHARU – Malaysia lost 1-2 to Australia in the their opening match in the preliminary round of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 Under-21 hockey tournament at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here yesterday.
Despite home ground advantage, Malaysia only managed a single penalty corner which they were also unable to convert because of a solid defence by the Aussies.
Malaysia secured the goal in the fourth minute after being awarded a penalty shot when Meor Azuan Hassan was subject to a body tackle by an Australian defender.
However, just five minutes later Australia levelled the score when William Gilmour firing home a rebounder from a penalty corner.
It was the same in Australia getting the winner. This time it was Joshua Bretherthon who pounced on another rebounder from a penalty corner taken in the 18th minute.
After that Malaysia tightened up their defence. Otherwise they might have let in more goals because Australia managed to secure four more penalty corners.
The boys coached by Arul Selvaraj (pic) tried to take the game to the opponents as the match progressed but the Australian defence proved to be too strong to crack.
Meanwhile, Britain whipped Pakistan 5-0 with Luke Taylor scoring the first hattrick in the tournament.
Taylor’s goals came in the 12th, 14th and 25th minutes while Benjamin Boon and David Goodfield netted the other goals in the 40th and 45th minutes.
In another match, India edged New Zealand 2-1 with Parvinder Singh and Varun Kumar finding the net in the 5th and 43rd minutes.
New Zealand’s goal was contributed by Nic Woods in the 53rd minute. – Bernama