#CC1 BLACK STICK DEFEATED BY MALAYSIAN

by - Friday, May 02, 2014

The Black Sticks men's hockey team have crashed out of the Champions Challenge Trophy tournament after a heartbreaking shootout defeat to host nation Malaysia in the quarterfinals.

Colin Batch's New Zealand team fought back from a 1-4 halftime deficit to 4-4 after drag flick specialist Andy Hayward netted his third penalty corner goal in the 70th minute.

But Malaysia won the shootout 3-2 to the delight of the home crowd in Kuantan. 

The Black Sticks' loss after topping Pool A in the elimination series ends their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Champions Trophy elite international competition.

Midfielder Steve Edwards gave New Zealand a superb start with a fourth minute field goal. But Malaysia struck three times in a withering four-minute burst and grabbed another just before the interval to take a three -goal lead into the break.


Captain Azla Misron equalised in the 20th minute and Muhammad Saabah scored from a penalty corner in the 23rd before Fitri Saari's field goal a minute later. Saabah scored from general play in the 31st minute to set the Black Sticks a stiff challenge in the second spell.

Batch's bunch responded magnificently to exert a lot of pressure with Hayward, a midfielder-defender from Tauranga, scoring from penalty corners in the 45th and 60th minutes before completing his hat-trick with his last-gasp goal in the 70th.

The Kiwis began brightly in the shootout with Hugo Inglis scoring to make it 1-0. Black Sticks keeper Devon Manchester saved Malaysia's first shot and Blair Hilton slotted his for a 2-0 buffer.

But goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam was Malaysia's hero with three consecutive saves to foil experienced Kiwis Simon Child, Edwards and Phil Burrows.

Firhan Ashari, Saabah and Saari kept their cool to convert their strokes and steer a jubilant Malaysian team into the semifinals.

The result would have been disappointing for Batch and his coaching staff who called for greater defensive discipline after the Black Sticks' 9-3 win over Poland in the final round of pool play.

But they still shipped four first-half goals against the Malaysians.

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