Kiwi Under 21s fall to England
Kiwi-Under-21s-fall-to-EnglandThe New Zealand Under 21 Men have been defeated 4-2 by England at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia
Photo: Megat Firdaus
The New Zealand Under 21 Men have been defeated 4-2 by England at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
England, who have many players from the Great Britain side that won the tournament last year, need to defeat Australia in their next game to clinch a spot in the final.
Though England scored four times, the win did not come easy against a determined Kiwi side
who battled to mount a comeback after going by three goals.
England were up 2-0 at the halftime hooter after field goals fom Jack Clee and Peter Scott in the 11th and 20th minute respectively. Edward Way made it 3-0 with a penalty corner conversion in the 40th minute.
The Kiwis struck back through Aidan Sarikaya and Dylan Thomas’ fields goals in the 52nd and 57th minutes to reduce the deficit to one goal, but England’s Christopher Proctor restored the two goal advantage shortly after.
“There is a lot of improvement needed. We must work much harder in our final group game ahead of the Junior World Cup,” head coach Bryce Collins said.
New Zealand play hosts Malaysia in their final group game at 1:30am tomorrow morning (NZ time).
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