Aussie loss for England Men

140525 ENG v AUS, Phil Roper 450

England 1 (1)
Phil Roper 27 (FG)

Australia 3 (1)
Kieran Govers 49 56 (FG, PC)
Chris Ciriello 64 (PC)

LEADING one-nil at half time, England Men conceded three unanswered goals in the second half on Sunday to lose out to Australia in their final capped international before the World Cup.

Just as the day before, Wimbledon’s Phil Roper had given England the lead, but it was to prove a false dawn for England who will also face Australia in their World Cup campaign in Holland.

“Over the two games I’ve been generally happy with what we have produced, however the last half of hockey was disappointing,” said Head Coach Bobby Crutchley. “We didn’t put enough pressure on Australia and when you allow them to dictate the game it’s always going to be an uphill battle.”

Roper broke the deadlock on 27 minutes. Nick Catlin had forged his way down the right side to the byline before slipping the ball back to Roper who scored to the keeper’s near post from two yards out.

Australia pulled level from open play, Kieran Govers again scoring just as he did the previous day. On 49 minutes he took a ball at the top of the circle and, having been given too much space, smashed the ball into the corner to pull his side level.

Govers was on target again on 56 minutes – this time from a penalty corner, from which he flicked home into the bottom corner, left of George Pinner.

And another penalty corner made it 3-1 to Australia, Chris Ciriello scoring his second in as many games with a shot from a penalty corner to Pinner’s right corner.

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