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Japan snatch late winner over Black Sticks

Japan snatch late winner over Black Sticks

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<p>Japan have snatched a 2-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Women at the Vantage Festival of Hockey</p>
<p class="">A goal just two minutes from fulltime has seen Japan snatch a 2-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Women at the Vantage Festival of Hockey.<br>
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In a rematch of last year’s final, Japan drew first blood when Motomi Kawamura slotted one from a penalty corner in the eighth minute.<br>
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Following the first half, which was disrupted for some time by a burst water main, the Japanese held their advantage deep into the fourth quarter.<br>
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The Black Sticks delivered an equalising blow in the 54<sup>th</sup> minute thanks to a low and strong penalty corner drag flick from Brooke Neal.<br>
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But Japan struck again with less than two minutes on the clock with a defensive error giving away another penalty corner opportunity and allowing Yu Asai to score the winning goal.<br>
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Black Sticks midfielder Pippa Hayward said it was a game which should have ended with a draw.<br>
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“It’s quite a disappointing start to the tournament for us, we need to be a lot better and have work to do in both the attacking and defensive circles.”<br>
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New Zealand will look to shake off their opening loss when they go up against trans-Tasman rivals Australia at 5pm tomorrow.<br>
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Earlier on opening day the Hockeyroos played out a 1-1 draw with USA, with captain Alyssa Parker scoring for the United States before Madi Ratcliffe equalised for Australia early in the second half.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS WOMEN 1:</strong> (Brooke Neal)<br>
<strong>JAPAN 2:</strong> (Motomi Kawamura, Yu Asai)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Japan 1-0<br>
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