Black Sticks battle out draw with Canada

Black Sticks battle out draw with Canada

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The Black Sticks Men have drawn 1-1 with Canada in their second match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Black Sticks Men have drawn 1-1 with Canada in their second match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

It was a defensive tussle between the two sides with Canada striking first close to halftime before Nic Woods delivered a 45th minute equaliser from a penalty corner.

The Black Sticks managed to create plenty of chances on attack but were largely stifled by a well organised Canadian defence.

The game saw strikers James Coughlan and Jacob Smith both record their 50th international caps.

Head coach Colin Batch said his side were left to rue a slow start and forced to play catch up.

“We had a poor performance in the first half and let Canada dominate us. We looked tired and I think there was some residual effects from our first game but we need to get better at handling that,” he said.

“We did some good things in the second half and are still creating a lot of chances but they aren’t going our way which is frustrating.

“So far we have two draws which weren’t to be so we move on and front up for our next game against Pakistan knowing we are still very much in this tournament.”

Canada were first to score in the 25th minute with a penalty corner flick from Gordon Johnston which went just wide of goalkeeper Devon Manchester’s right foot.

The Black Sticks created some genuine chances in the first half, including several penalty corners, but weren’t able to convert them into goals.

New Zealand earned a penalty corner right on three quarter time which Woods powered into goal between the goalkeeper and line defender to equalise at 1-1.

The Black Sticks have a rest day tomorrow ahead of their next game against Pakistan at 10pm on Saturday (NZ time), with live coverage on SKY Sport 2.

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BLACK STICKS 1: (Nic Woods)
CANADA 1: (Gordon Johnston)
Halftime: Canada 1-0


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