Action from Belgium versus Korea at the London Cup on Friday.
Action from Belgium versus Korea at the London Cup on Friday.
(Photo: FIH / EHB / Ady Kerry)

Friday night was hockey night in London as a sell-out crowd flocked to Chiswick for the final two round-robin matches of the event. They were not disappointed, as Korea produced an excellent display to see off Belgium 3-1 before the England recorded their first win of the tournament by dominating the clash against New Zealand to also win 3-1. 

For Korea the win ensured that they would meet New Zealand in Saturday's tourament final, while England will feel full of confidence going into their 3rd place play-off clash with Belgium, a team that inflicted a painful 4-2 defeat against the hosts at the start on Tuesday.

More information about the matches can be found below.   


Korea through to London Cup Final

The first match of Friday evening's London Cup saw Korea take on Belgium in a frenetic game that ended with the Asian side finishing 3-1 winners and booking their place in Saturday’s showpiece final. The result was made all the sweeter  as the Korean ambassador for the UK was in the crowd to witness a cracking contest.

The Koreans went into the break 1-0 up courtesy of Kyu Yeob Jang and two second half goals from Hyo Sik You and tournament leading scorer Nam Yong Lee secured the points.  Belgium’s only goal came from Cedric Charlier as they were unable to overcome a strong Korean side, who fielded a kicking back for much of the second half having lost goalkpeer Myung Ho Lee to injury.

Korean coach Moon Ki Yoo was delighted with his team’s performance, despite losing his goalkeeper to injury: “ Prior to this tournament our goalkeeper had a lot of problems with his hip and missed a lot of training. As a result I was wary what his performance would be like but the team worked hard to make up for it and we are delighted to progress to the final on Saturday”.

A more extensive report can be found by clicking here.

 

England beat Black Sticks 
The full house at Chiswick on Friday was given a lot to cheer as the host nation England played entertaining fast hockey to beat New Zealand 3-1 in their last round robin match of the London Cup.  Reading’s Richard Mantell fired home England’s first penalty corner goal of the tournament midway through the first half; and there was a special moment for Beeston’s Adam Dixon, whose diving finish earned him his first international goal in his 50th appearance for England. 

New Zealand’s Nick Wilson bagged his third in three games to half the deficit but Wimbledon’s Rob Moore made sure of the victory three minutes from time, sending the capacity crowd home happy.

It was England’s first victory in the tournament and Jason Lee’s side will now take on archrivals Belgium tomorrow in the bronze medal match.   

Afterwards, Lee said: “We did pretty well tonight. We were a bit low on confidence but it was a strong performance. We were addressing the appalling performance against Belgium and today shows that we’re a high quality team; it has just come a bit late in the tournament.  It’s obviously good in terms of European [Championships] preparation.

A more extensive report can be found by clicking here.

 

The Friday's results mean Korea top the table, with the Black Sticks second on goals scored. England leapfrog the Belgians ahead of their clash on Saturday.

Seated tickets for Saturday have sold out; however, ground passes are available on the gate.  The gates open at 1:00pm with England’s bronze medal match underway at 3:00pm and the Final at 5:30pm. For information about ticketing, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk .

 

The London Cup - Friday Results

Belgium 1 (0) - 3 (1) Korea
Cedric Charlier 59 (F)           Kyu Yeob Jang 23 (PC)
            Hyo Sik You 52 (F)
            Nam Yong Lee 64 (F)

 

England 3 (2) - 1 (0) New Zealand
Richard Mantell 17 (PC)           Nick Wilson 41 (F)
Adam Dixon 29 (F)            
Rob Moore 67 (F)            

 

Table 

  Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
Korea 3 2 0 1 8 7 1 6
New Zealand 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6
England 3 1 0 2 9 10 -1 3
Belgium 3 1 0 2 7 8 -1 3