GB U21 Men ready for final after New Zealand win

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GREAT Britain Under-21 Men will play India in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup after they beat New Zealand 3-0 in their final group game in Malaysia on Saturday.

A strong defensive performance helped GB shut out their Kiwi rivals, but in truth their defence has been strong all week with just three goals being conceded in five group matches.

“We’re very pleased with another strong win and to go unbeaten in the group stages,” said Assistant Coach Kevin Johnson. “But we’re not here to enjoy this statistic - we’re fully motivated to go on tomorrow and win the tournament.”

Luke Taylor scored his eighth goal of the tournament on 12 minutes from a penalty corner after James Gall had found his way along the baseline to earn the set piece. And just three minutes later their lead was doubled through Cardiff and Met’s Liam Brignull.

A free hit outside the circle was put through to Brignull, who turned into the circle and hit the ball into the far corner of the goal.

New Zealand had three first half penalty corners, but they were all well defended with GB goalkeeper Harry Gibson in superb form.

After the break GB increased their dominance, and New Zealand only managed to force one penalty corner after half time.

It took GB 20 minutes to add to their tally, with a cross by Team Bath Buccaneers’ Liam Sanford being deflected in at the far post by Loughborough Students’ Ed Horler.

Earlier in the day, India had beaten Australia 6-2 to ensure that they take on Great Britain in the final on Sunday (1.35pm UK time).

For all the fixtures and results click here

 

To visit the competition website click here

 

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Great Britain

5

5

0

0

18

3

15

15

India

5

4

0

1

18

7

11

12

Australia

5

2

1

2

10

16

-6

7

New Zealand

5

1

1

3

8

12

-4

4

Malaysia

5

0

2

3

8

12

-4

2

Pakistan

5

0

2

3

5

17

-12

2

 

 

- ENDS –

 

Fixtures for the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup

 

Date/time

Fixture

Result

Sunday 12 October 2014

09:05

Great Britain

Pakistan

5-0

11:05

New Zealand

India

1-2

13:05

Malaysia

Australia

1-2

Monday 13 October 2014

 

09:05

Great Britain

India

2-0

11:05

Australia

Pakistan

1-1

13:05

Malaysia

New Zealand

1-1

Wednesday 15 October 2014

09:05

Australia

New Zealand

4-3

11:05

India

Pakistan

6-0

13:05

Malaysia

Great Britain

2-3

Thursday 16 October 2014

09:05

New Zealand

Pakistan

3-2

11:05

Malaysia

India

2-4

13:05

Great Britain

Australia

5-1

Saturday 18 October 2014

 

09:05

Australia

India

2-6

11:05

Pakistan

Malaysia

2-2

13:05

New Zealand

Great Britain

0-3

Sunday 19 October 2014

08:35

Malaysia

Pakistan

11:05

Australia

New Zealand

13:35

Great Britain

India

 

 

U21 Great Britain Men’s squad for Sultan of Johor Cup

 

Name

Club

James Albery

Cambridge City

Ben Boon

Reading

Liam Brignull

Cardiff & Met

Elliot Bullman (GK)

Wilmslow

Brendan Creed

Sheffield Hallam

Rob Farrington

Cannock

Sam French

Birmingham University

James Gall

Beeston

Jonny Gall

Surbiton

Harry Gibson (GK)

Hampstead and Westminster

David Goodfield

Sheffield Hallam

Jonty Griffiths

Loughborough Students

Ed Horler

Loughborough Students

Hamish Imrie

Grange

Chris Proctor

Beeston

Liam Sanford

Team Bath Buccaneers

Sam Spencer

Cannock

Luke Taylor

Loughborough Students