Korea scored against New Zealand
Korea scored against New Zealand
(Photo: Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)
Black Sticks Women’s coach Mark Hager says defensive lapses in the second half let the team down again today and allowed Korea to come away with a 6-4 win in the Black Sticks second match of the Four Nations tournament in Cordoba, Argentina.

Midlands players Gemma Flynn and Samantha Charlton helped the team to a 2-0 lead early on in the game, but Korea did not hesitate to counter attack, scoring two goals in quick succession. It was Capital’s Anita Punt who slotted one home before the half time hooter sounded and the teams took respite from the hot conditions.

Korea was the first to score in the second half but Northland’s Charlotte Harrison equalised. Korea’s speed and skill through the midfield stretched the score line to 5-4, and as the Black Sticks pushed forward to try to equalise, gaps opened up and Korea scored their sixth goal in the final stages of the game.

“Defensive lapses let us down again today, in particular our inability to defend penalty corners. We also needed to make the most of the penalty corners that we were awarded,” says Hager.

The Black Sticks play Great Britain on 22 January. Argentina would need to lose the next two games for the Black Sticks to have a chance of getting through based on goal difference.

Source: Hockey NZ