After a good match against Korea yesterday, India went down (1-2) against Black Sticks as Andy Hayward scored a late goal in their 2nd game of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. Korea defeated Canada by 3-1, while defending champions Australia edged past gritty hosts by 3-2 in the other matches of the day.
Black Sticks Captain Simon Child and Andy Hayward goals helped them seal the win while it was Akashdeep Singh who scored the lone goal for India. Incidentally, three of them play in same team in Hockey India League, Delhi Waveriders.
After a goalless first half, Black Sticks captain Simon Child put the Kiwis on the scoreboard in the 38th minute after getting a feather touch on a hard shot at goal from Shay Neal in goalmouth melee when Indian defence failed to clear the ball at multiple occasions. India responded with an equaliser just 5 minutes later when Akashdeep Singh pounced on a penalty corner deflection to slip the ball through goalkeeper Devon Manchester’s outstretched leg. Continue reading →