Two wins from two for Great Britain

Junior International Jack Clee in action

Great Britain’s Under 21s made it two wins from two in the Sultan of Johor Cup, coming from behind to see off India, 4-3.

Luke Taylor continued his blistering form in front of goal, scoring twice to add to the hat-trick he bagged in the opening game against Malaysia.

Great Britain drew first blood in the 6th minute when James Simpson ghosted in between the two Indian defenders to deflect the ball into the goal. India hit back and their efforts and were duly rewarded when Sumit Kumar lifted the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper, Chris Wyver, in the 17th minute. India then scored two quick goals through Sumit Kumar again in the 26th minute and Manpreet (Jnr) in the 29th minute to take a 3-1 lead.

Taylor reduced the arrears in the 30th minute from a penalty corner and then 16 minutes later Jack Clee was in the wide awake club to tuck away a penalty corner rebound to level it up. Taylor gave Great Britain all 3 points by scoring the winning goal in the 68th minute, grabbing his fifth in two games.

Great Britain coach Jon Bleby said afterwards:

“We mentioned at half time that we should just keep it really tight defensively and keep building the pressure against them.” I’m proud of the players today because I thought they played really well, especially in the 2nd half. This match really showcased the different playing styles between Asia and Europe which was very exciting to see.”

Great Britain’s next match is on 14 October against Pakistan at 16:35 local time.