Great Britain crowned champions after dramatic shootout

Sultan of Johor Cup winners 2015

Jon Bleby’s Great Britain side held their nerve to win a sudden death shootout defeating India and clinching the Sultan of Johor Cup in dramatic fashion.

The match ended 2-2 after 70 minutes, taking it to a shootout where Chris Wyver in the Great Britain goal, later named goalkeeper of the tournament, excelled allowing Jack Clee the chance to win it in sudden death, a chance the University of Birmingham player did not pass up.

Having lost in the final to the same opponents last year, Great Britain were out for revenge, aiming to prevent India from winning the title for the third year in a row.

GB opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a Luke Taylor special from a penalty corner. It was the Loughborough Students’ player’s tenth goal of the competition, making him the tournament’s top scorer. India pulled level eight minutes later with a Harmanpreet Singh strike.

India took the lead in the second half through a field goal by Gurjant Singh in the 41st minute. The advantage lasted just four minutes as former Marlow star Jack Turner scored his first goal of the tournament to tie it up once more. With no further goals, the game went into a shootout.

GB U21s Jack Turner and Jack Clee celebrate winning the Sultan of Johor Cup

In the shootout, Ed Horler and Harjeet Singh traded goals before two consecutive misses for both sides. Clee slotted his home with an outrageous double spin that bamboozled the Indian goalkeeper. Harmanpreet Singh also scored, before misses for Jonty Griffiths and Nilakanta Sharma took it to sudden death. Harjeet scored again, and Horler was fouled, allowing Luke Taylor to score from the spot before Parvinder Singh missed. That left Clee the chance to win it. This time, he opted for just the one spin, out-foxing the goalkeeper once more to seal the win and the trophy for Great Britain.

Ed Horler: goal (GB 1 – India 0)
Harjeet Singh: goal (GB 1 – India 1)
Josh Pavis: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Parvinder Singh: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
James Albery: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Gurjant Singh: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Jack Clee: goal (GB 2 – India 1)
Harmanpreet Singh: goal (GB 2 – India 2)
Jonty Griffiths: miss (GB 2 – India 2)
Nilakanta Sharma: miss (GB 2 – India 2)

Sudden Death
Harjeet Singh: goal (GB 2 – India 3)
Ed Horler: penalty stroke
Luke Taylor: goal (GB 3 – India 3)
Parvinder Singh: misses
Jack Clee: goal (GB 4 – India 3)