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Black Sticks edged by Great Britain

Black Sticks edged by Great Britain

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been edged 3-2 by Great Britain at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup</p>
<span><em>Photo: Sports Media Group</em><br>
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The Vantage<strong> </strong>Black Sticks Men have been edged 3-2 by Great Britain in their final round robin match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.<br>
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It was an evenly poised encounter for much of the match before Great Britain got the better of the Kiwis in the second half.<br>
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The result sets New Zealand up for the bronze medal match against either Great Britain or India with results later in the day deciding the match-up.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said the difference was Great Britain’s finishing in the attacking circle.<br>
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“We weren’t as clinical as we needed to be in the midfield and attacking third and that really let us down,” he said.<br>
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“We let in a couple of soft goals off counter attacks and struggling to get much going on attack.<br>
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“We’re looking forward to going back up against either Great Britain or India as we have scores to settle with both teams.”<br>
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Sam Ward opened the scoring for Great Britain in the ninth minute with a well-placed penalty corner drag flick.<br>
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The Black Sticks equalised just before halftime when striker Dominic Newman produced a flash of brilliance to find the ball in the circle and smash home on the dive.<br>
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Great Britain pulled ahead again in the second half through field goals from Phil Roper in the 39<sup>th</sup> minute and Mark Gleghorne in the 49<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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Kane Russell pulled one goal back with a penalty corner flick two minutes from fulltime but the Kiwis couldn’t find a levelling goal.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks now await their opponent in the bronze match which will be played at 10pm tomorrow night (NZT) with live coverage on SKY Sport.<br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/2017-sultan-azlan-shah-cup">CLICK HERE for more on the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 2: </strong>(Dominic Newman, Kane Russell)<br>
<strong>GREAT BRITAIN 3: </strong>(Sam Ward, Phil Roper, Mark Gleghorne)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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