Australia beat England 2-1 to lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Australia beat England 2-1 to lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

After rekindling their hopes of making the final with a convincing 5-1 win against Malaysia in their previous match, India looked for another win on the trot and got off to a start that reflected their intent.

Ben Palmer opened their account and Dane Ward scored twice - one from open play and the other a penalty stroke -with John Watson getting their fourth.

Australia took the lead in a tightly contested game when Blake Govers drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from a penalty corner.

Juan Martín López (1st) and Gonzalo Peillat (11th) gave the 2016 Olympic champions 2-0 lead.

The second quarter saw India up their energy and constantly attacked the Irish circle.

One such attempt saw Nilam Sanjeep Xess's fierce pass from right side of the circle to find forward Shilanand Lakra poised in front of the goal.

Ireland played a much more aggresive game in the second quarter and were awarded a penalty corner for their efforts only for the decision to be overturned after India asked for a video referral.

Soon after India won another PC when Sumit Kumar found an Irish defender's foot while forcing an assist from the baseline.

Argentina edged passed India in the very first match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by 3-2.

India seemed to drop their game slightly in the third quarter with Ireland scoring two back-to-back goals in the 36th and 42nd minute through Sean Murray and Lee Cole respectively.

The Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia is a glimpse of what Ireland will experience in this year's World Cup in India, which begins in late November.

Counting down to the final hooter, errors proved dear for the Indian team while Ireland successfully held on to their 3-2 lead to win.

The 24th minute field goal was a result of good team work between Kirk Shimmins, Sean Murray and O'Donoghue.

Though India conceded a goal in the 48th minute, the team's defence remained resolute through the match to win it 4-1.



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