Australia run riot over NZ Under 21s
The New Zealand Under 21 Men were over-run by Australia at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia
Photo: Megat Firdaus
The New Zealand Under 21 Men were powerless to stem the flow of goals as they were run over 9-1 by Australia at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
The Kiwis struck first through Sam Lane’s penalty corner conversion nine minutes into the match and managed to contain their Oceania neighbours until Max Hendry drew level from open play in the 20th minute.
Matthew Bird put Australia ahead from a 34th minute after a penalty corner, and with seconds remaining to halftime Blake Govers scored his side’s third.
Goals from Andrew Scanlon (41st minute) and Kiran Arunasalam (53rd minute) put the match beyond doubt while Govers and Bird rubbed more salt on New Zealand with another pair of quick goals, both in the 56th minute.
Hendry scored his second of the night in the 63rd minute, while Frazer Gerrard made it a convincing 9-1 win from a penalty corner in the 66th minute.
“The difference was telling. Australia were a superior side and they really showed their quality in the second half,” said head coach Bryce Collins.
The Kiwis will look to rebound when they face England at 9:00pm tonight (NZ time).
- October 2nd, 2016 in