Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

KOR V NZL ( Pool B ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

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Match Review KOR - NZL 1-6

Korea hit for six by New Zealand

Korea 1-6 New Zealand

The Black Sticks got their Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy campaign  back on track with a stunning 6-1 win over Korea, a team ranked one place above them in the FIH World Rankings. Shea McAleese (2), Phil Burrows, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal and Andrew Hayward were all on target as New Zealand gave their many fans in the stadium plenty to feel happy about.

Despite the score-line, Korea were far from outplayed in the game, being denied on numerous occasions by some fantastic goalkeeping from New Zealand’s Kyle Pontifex.  However, few can dispute that the host nation were worthy winners of this contest.

New Zealand will qualify for Pool C (the Championship Pool) if they defeat The Netherlands on Tuesday, while Korea are now certain to in Pool D and where they will play for 5-8.

The first half was played at breakneck speed, with play moving quickly from one end of the field to the other. Both sides had great chances to score ahead of Shea McAleese’s 25th minute open play strike which found the bottom right corner from the top of the circle. Korea were level two minutes from the end of the half through Kwang Jin Kim finished off from close range moments after Phil Burrows had been robbed of possession in the Korean half. Burrows made amends for his error just a minute late when he bundled the ball home before wheeling away in celebration, much to the delight of the home crowd.  

Conceding just before half time was a big blow for Korea, and their misery was compounded when McAleese made the score 4-1 with his second of the game just one minute after the re-start. 2010 FIH young Player of the Year nominee Nick Wilson was the creator, and it was he who soon added the fourth with a well taken reverse stick shot in the 52nd minute. Korea battled hard to find a way back into the match, but New Zealand keeper Kyle Pontifex was in superb form and denied at least three clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities to maintain his team’s lead.

The result was put beyond all doubt when Shay Neal chipped in a field goal to make the score 5-1 before the scoring was completed by a cracking penalty corner flick from Andy Hayward. 

  • Match 07
  • Date Mon, 5 Dec 2011
  • Time 16:05
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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