GREAT BRITAIN

5

1

AUSTRALIA

Luke Taylor 16 18 32 (PC, PC, PS)

(Half-time 3-1)

Alec Rasmussen 22 (FG)

Hamish Imrie 40 (FG)

James Albery 56 (FG)

A first half hat-trick from Luke Taylor helped Great Britain Under-21 Men secure an emphatic 5-1 win over Australia and book their place in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Thursday’s victory means GB are guaranteed to finish in the top two and will face either India or Australia again in the final on Sunday. Meanwhile, after a rest day on Friday Great Britain will take on New Zealand in their final group match on Saturday.

“It’s an excellent performance for any team to beat Australia by five goals to one, and something we’re very proud and delighted about,” said Head Coach Jon Bleby. “To be honest we are slightly disappointed that we didn’t score more goals after dominating the last 15 minutes, and this is something we need to guard against for the final.”

It was the second time in the tournament Taylor has scored a hat-trick and leaves him with seven goals in four matches so far.

Against Australia his first goal came after 16 minutes, with a reverse stick shot after a penalty corner had broken down. And just two minutes later he doubled GB’s lead with a drag flick to the goalkeeper’s head side, at another penalty corner.

Australia pulled a goal back through Alec Rasmussen after poor defence at the top of the circle, but Taylor restored Great Britain’s two-goal cushion on 32 minutes when, after the ball was stopped on the line by a defender at a penalty corner, he smashed home the resulting penalty stroke.

Five minutes into the second half GB put themselves 4-1 ahead, this time with a good cross in by Chris Proctor being deflected home from close range by Hamish Imrie.

And on 56 minutes Great Britain added their fifth goal. An aerial ball to the edge of the circle was collected by James Albery, who scored from the right side with a bullet into the far corner.

GB pushed for more goals in the final 14 minutes, peppering the Australian circle, but there was no further score.

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Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Great Britain

4

4

0

0

15

3

12

12

India

4

3

0

1

12

5

7

9

Australia

4

2

1

1

8

10

-2

7

New Zealand

4

1

1

2

8

9

-1

4

Malaysia

4

0

1

3

6

10

-4

1

Pakistan

4

0

1

3

3

15

-12

1

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