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<p>A last minute goal has seen Australia snatch a 2-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Men in Johannesburg</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: FIH/Getty Images</em><br>
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A last minute goal has seen Australia snatch a 2-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Men at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg.<br>
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The Kiwis were first to score but couldn’t stop the Kookaburras who powered home with two goals in the final 10 minutes to snare three points.<br>
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The result sees New Zealand currently sitting at fourth in Pool A ahead of their final pool match against Spain on Monday night, with live coverage on SKY Sport from 11:55pm (NZT).<br>
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The outcome against Spain will determine who the Black Sticks meet in the cross-over quarter finals phase at the tournament.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was a disappointing final result in a game they had set up well.<br>
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“We were expecting a tough, hard-nosed game coming in and I thought we played well for the first three quarters but then allowed Australia to take control,” he said.<br>
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“We put together some good hockey but in the fourth quarter we sat back too deep and were a bit tentative which Australia capitalised on.<br>
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“The next game against Spain is very important as we need to display a good performance to try and finish as high as we can in the pool.”<br>
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It was an evenly poised first half which saw few scoring opportunities for either side and a 0-0 score line at halftime.<br>
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New Zealand broke the deadlock in the 39<sup>th</sup> minute when Hayden Phillips sent a crashing ball across the face of goal for a diving tap in from Jared Panchia on the far post.<br>
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Australia equalised midway through the fourth quarter from a penalty corner with Jeremy Edwards picking up the initial save and sending a reverse shot over the shoulder of Devon Manchester.<br>
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The Kookaburras then delivered the winning strike with just 40 seconds remaining on the clock when Jeremy Hayward ripped a penalty corner flick into the back of the net.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/mens-world-league-semi-final-johannesburg">CLICK HERE for more on the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1: </strong>(Jared Panchia)<br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA 2:</strong> (Jeremy Edwards, Jeremy Hayward)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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