Daly strike earns GB hockey win

30 May 2012 / 15:21

Striker Matt Daly's first goal after six months out with a knee injury has given Great Britain an important victory over New Zealand in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

The Surbiton forward struck eight minutes before half-time with a tidy finish to add to East Grinstead midfielder Ashley Jackson's 17th-minute opener, his fourth of the tournament.

With eight minutes remaining, Andrew Hayward converted a penalty corner but New Zealand could not force an equaliser and lost their 100% record as GB moved into third place in the table, just two points behind the leaders.

Coach Jason Lee, having been critical of the team's performance in Monday's defeat to Argentina, was much happier with the display.

"I thought Matt Daly played very well considering this is only his third game back from a long-term injury," he said.

"He scored a very good individual goal and it is encouraging to see him getting into the right positions.

"It was a much improved performance following the Argentina game where I had been very disappointed.

"I thought the players showed a lot of spirit and we played some good tactics to win the game."

Great Britain face Korea on Thursday in their penultimate round-robin match.