Deadly Indian corners sink Great Britain

Penalty corners proved the difference as Great Britain’s men lost to Commonwealth Games silver medalists India on day two of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, reports Great Britain Hockey.

[img_assist|nid=2059|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=150|height=117]While Great Britain saw India’s goalkeeper Bharat Kumar Chetri keep out a series of corner efforts, Rupinder Pal Singh scored a hat-trick of PCs at the other end to consign GB to a 3-1 defeat.

GB’s goal, the last of the match, came from James Tindall (FG) in the 62nd minute.

It was a low key performance from Great Britain who had performed well on day one in a 3-1 victory over Malaysia.  Head coach Jason Lee said afterwards that he felt his side would learn a lot from the match after falling short of the performance levels they were capable of.

“We’re not here to make excuses about the conditions,” he said.  “We’re here to see how the group performs under pressure and today we were off our game technically and tactically.”

?In other matches, world champions Australia went 1-0 down to a Malaysian open-play goal from Mal Ahmad Tajudin in the 23rd minute of their match. The hosts, who are ranked 15th in the world, then rode out a barrage of Kookaburra pressure until conceding a penalty stroke goal converted by Simon Orchard in the 59th minute.

A weak Malaysian penalty stroke from Faisal Saari in the 63rd minute was easily saved by Andrew Charter. And that missed opportunity proved disastrous when the Kookaburras netted a 70th minute winner through Jason Wilson (PC).

Pakistan continued their winning at the Ipoh tournament scoring three goals in the last eight minutes to defeat Korea 4-2.

Great Britain’s next outing is on Sunday at 11.05am (UK time) vs Pakistan. The official tournament website is www.azlanshahcup.com with a Twitter feed of @azlancup. There is also  live text commentary at www.stick2hockey.com

There has been some moderate-quality live streaming video available on www.p2pstation.net

For our results page see here.

Match sheets for all three games are attached below.