Australia overcome England to win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

Australia overcome England to win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

World champions Australia achieved their own La Decima as they lifted the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for a record 10th time after beating England 2-1 yesterday.

Though India earned a penalty corner in the 50th minute and another one towards the dying minutes of the match, they couldn't convert but ensured they kept the lead to win.

But it was not enough to fully overturn the two goal advantage Australia had given themselves seconds before as Lachlan Sharp added to Blake Govers' early second half effort.

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Ramandeep Singh (10') and Amit Rohidas (26') scored for India while Shane O'Donoghue (24'), Sean Murray (36') and Lee Cole (42') struck for Ireland. Varun Kumar's attempt was blocked by a rival defender, but Ramandeep came up with a great finish off the rebound.

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India had an outside chance of qualifying for the gold medal match but they squandered the lead twice to go down to Ireland in the final group game on Friday. This time Varun Kumar found success to give India a 1-0 lead.

It was O'Donoghue who claimed the equaliser as he calmly placed the ball past the oncoming keeper; following a pinpoint pass from Chris Cargo to start the move and a skilful slip from Kirk Shimmins to the waiting O'Donoghue. After the third goal, the floodgates had opened, Gurjant Singh scored the fourth goal of the match after some clever piece of work from Talwinder.

Gleghorne had a short corner blocked with just over four minutes remaining, before England removed Pinner to use Brendan Creed as a kicking-back.

The Irish dominated with the ball possession while their goalkeeper Jamie Carr came up with some brilliant saves to keep India under pressure. Though India had more circle entries, they could not make much of it thanks to an alert Carr at the goalpost. While the team's defence contained the Irish from taking further lead, an infringement by Ireland helped India win a penalty corner.

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