GB men stay in contention with 4-2 thriller

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A rousing first half display in front of a boisterous home crowd saw Great Britain’s men pick up their first points of the Visa International Invitational Tournament in a 4-2 victory over India.  The result sets up a ‘winner takes all’ clash with Australia on Saturday with both sides looking for a place in Sunday’s final at the Riverbank Arena.

Rob Moore Celebrates against India - Olympic Test Event

Rob Moore’s stunning reverse stick shot after four minutes set the tempo for a pulsating first half that saw Simon Mantell benefit from a defender’s misfortune and East Grinstead hero Ashley Jackson net two deflections in as many minutes.  VR Raghunath pulled one back with a clinical penalty corner flick but the half belonged to Great Britain.

Sandeep Singh scored the only goal of the second half as India showed more urgency early on.  Great Britain recovered their composure to end the match stronger but failed to add to their tally.

Ashley Jackson against India - Olympic Test Event

Afterwards, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said, “It was great to win in front of this crowd.  We wouldn’t score those four goals again but our performances are improving.  I think Australia, India, Germany and ourselves have found the pitch a little heavy and so the pace of the match towards the end is slowing." 

“We were slightly fortuitous to get the four goals.  At one stage we had one attempt at goal and two goals.”

For the full match report please click here.

Friday is a tournament rest day for all the teams with action resuming on Saturday.

Great Britain’s ‘Ashes’ clash with Australia is scheduled for 17:00, following Germany’s match with India (14:45).

All of Great Britain's games are being shown live on the BBC Red Button and Online.


If you're looking for your next live hockey fix look no further than June's Investec London Cup in Chiswick.  See Great Britain's women take on the best in the world - The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Ireland - from 5-10 June.

Tickets start at just £1 for U18s and £10 for adults. And the opening day, Jubilee bank holiday Tuesday, is picnic hamper day.

For all the information visit www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/investeclondoncup.

Crista Cullen celebrates a goal for Great Britain women at the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Riverbank Arena