U21s held by Pakistan

Jon Bleby

Great Britain remain undefeated in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia but were forced to settle for a draw against Pakistan at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

Having won their opening two games Jon Bleby’s were in confident mood but despite some periods of dominance and some chances on goal they were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Wyver who scooped the man of the match award.

Pakistan had better of the opening exchanges but Wyver stood firm and Muhammad Bilal Qadir’s effort hit the post and went out.

Great Britain’s best chance came from a Luke Taylor penalty corner but his effort was well saved by goalkeeper, Muhammad Khalid. In the 32nd minute with Sam French went close but it was still goalless at the break.

Muhammad DIlber and Muhammad Naveed missed golden opportunities in the 49th and 52nd minutes respectively when and Khalid was called upon to deny Taylor another penalty corner goal as the teams played out an entertaining draw.

Great Britain coach Jon Bleby was disappointed with the result, saying: “We have to give credit where it’s due, Pakistan played really well and improved vastly from their first two performances.”

“We played very poorly but I’m proud that we managed to keep fighting on throughout the match and at least added a point to our total.”

Great Britain face Australia at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Thursday.