Great Britain men take top honours at Azlan Shah Cup

Great Britain men take top honours at Azlan Shah Cup

06 May 2017 / 17:46

Great Britain’s men were left celebrating a job well done after beating Australia in Saturday’s final to lift the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

No side from the British Isles had won the title since England claimed the trophy in 1994, but that stat was swiftly changed on Sunday with a narrow 4-3 win.

Alan Forsyth and David Goodfield put Britain into an early lead but nine-time champions Australia were not going to roll over and pulled one back through Eddie Ockenden.

Ollie Willars then extended Britain’s advantage but Joshua Pollard and Dylan Wotherspoon netted either side of Goodfield’s second goal of the game to set up a tense finish.

The Kookaburras kept pushing until the final whistle but determined defending from Britain kept them out.

And with the World Hockey League Semi finals to come in London this June,  where both England and Scotland will be competing at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Great Britain head coach Bobby Crutchley could not be more delighted with the performances of his players in Asia.

He said: “We are thrilled, we put in consistent performances throughout the tournament and today was a great team effort, we were rewarded for sticking to the game-plan."

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