#CC1 BLACK STICK LOST TO HOST NATION

by - Friday, May 02, 2014

New Zealand suffered a shock loss to hosts Malaysia in a penalty shoot-out at the quarter-final stage of the Champions Challenge men's hockey tournament.

An Andy Hayward-inspired comeback in regular time to level the scores 4-4 counted for nothing as the Black Sticks lost the shoot-out 3-2.


The result leaves New Zealand with no chance of winning the eight-nation tournament in Kuantan, which would have earned them a place at the elite 2016 Champions Trophy event.

They will play a classification game against Poland on Saturday, an anti-climax for coach Colin Batch after the Black Sticks were the only team to win all three of their pool games.

"We will regroup and do well in the next few games but right now there's a lot of disappointment in the group as you can expect," he said.

"There were positives to come from the game and it was pleasing that we were able to dominate parts of the second half but to allow them to score four unanswered goals was a disaster."

A leaky defence conceded early goals to Azlan Misron, Fitri Saari and Muhammad Subbah (two) before New Zealand scored just before halftime through Steve Edwards to trail 4-1.
They dominated the second half, allowing defender Hayward to score a hat-trick, all through penalty corner flicks.

New Zealand led the penalty shoot-out 2-0 after converting their first two shots while Malaysia missed their first two.

However, the Black Sticks missed their next three, opening the door for an upset.

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