MAS V GBR ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
Goals from David Condon, Ashley Jackson and Sam Ward helped Great Britain overcome a stubbornly resistant Malaysia to give themselves a minimum second place finish in Pool B thanks to a 3-1 victory on Day 8 of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
The result helped GB move ahead of Malaysia in the Pool B standings, although the final position of both teams will not be known until the completion of the Belgium versus Ireland match later today.
Malaysia opened the scoring in a pacy, end-to-end encounter with Muhammad Shamsul crashing a brilliant backhand past Great Britain goalkeeper George Pinner from a tight angle before David Condon levelled the scores moments after half time.
A yellow card for Malaysia captain Rahim Razie just seconds into the fourth quarter proved to be costly, with Great Britain killing the game off through Jackson and Ward while Razie was serving his suspension in the sin-bin.
Great Britain’s Alastair Brogdon said: “I think we did the right things in the first half, trying to play our game but we couldn’t get the goal and they scored one on the counter-attack. I think we knew if we kept on plugging away then the chances would come and we executed it in the end.
Looking ahead to the next phase, Brogdon said: “We’ll go into the quarter-finals feeling confident as we are unbeaten with two draws and two wins, and I think our performances are getting better which is something we’ll definitely take into the quarters.”
- Match 18
- Date Sun, 28 Jun 2015
- Time 14:00
- Venue KHC Dragons