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Argentina power through to win final test

Argentina power through to win final test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been defeated 2-1 by hosts Argentina in the fifth and final test</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo, worldsportpics.com</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been defeated 2-1 by hosts Argentina in the fifth and final test in Buenos Aires.<br>
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After a goalless first half, Argentina struck in the 50<sup>th</sup> minute when Martina Cavallero found space in the New Zealand circle to slip a shot past goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon.<br>
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Five minutes later the hosts doubled their advantage with Magdalena Fernandez converting from open play.<br>
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With less than two minutes on the clock, Kelsey Smith gave the Kiwis a glimmer of hope when she went on a run into circle and beat the keeper from a tight angle.<br>
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Time was not on New Zealand’s side however with Argentina able to hold on and seal the series with four wins and one loss.<br>
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Head coach Mark Hager said it was a disappointing way to end the series with plenty of things to work on.<br>
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“Argentina dominated much of the game, especially in the first half and we didn’t do a good job of containing them,” he said.<br>
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“Some of our work in the one-on-one contests and defence was poor but Grace had a good game and made some very important saves to keep us in the game.”<br>
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The Kiwis now travel home to New Zealand for final preparations ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games from 5-14 April.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/vantage-black-sticks-vs-argentina">CLICK HERE for more on the Argentina series</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS: 1 </strong>(Kelsey Smith)<br>
<strong>ARGENTINA: 2</strong> (Martina Cavallero, Magdalena Fernandez)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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