Scott fires GB U21s to emphatic Sultan of Johor Cup win

Great Britain U21 2017 Sultan of Johor Cup v USA
Great Britain (2) 11
Golden (FG), Scott (2xFG, 1xPC), Sorsby (FG), Francis (2xFG), Mackenzie (FG), Sutcliffe (FG), Park (PC), Blumfield (FG)

USA (0) 0

Duncan Scott proved to be Great Britain’s hero once again as he inspired the U21 side to a second win in as many days at the Sultan of Johor Cup.

Having scored the only goal in a narrow win over Malaysia the day before, the Exeter University player bagged a hat-trick to send his side on their way to an impressive victory over the Americans.

Wales’ Ben Francis also helped himself to two while Cameron Golden, Tom Sorsby, Callum Mackenzie, James Sutcliffe, Nick Park and Alex Blumfield also put themselves on the scoresheet.

It was the first time a British side had reached double figures in a Sultan of Johor Cup match and only the second time it had ever been done after the USA also lost heavily to Australia the day before, succumbing 19-0.

Having been made to work hard against the tournament hosts in their first game, Great Britain came flying out of the traps early on and found themselves two goals ahead at the end of the first quarter thanks to Golden and Scott after good work from Francis and Zach Wallace respectively.

But the Americans dug in well in the next quarter, their goalkeeper pulling off a number of superb saves as Britain failed to make a further breakthrough before half-time.

The floodgates opened in the third quarter however as Scott found himself in the right place at the right time twice in the space of two minutes to wrap up his hat-trick.

Sorsby and Francis then both produced fantastically swept finishes into the top corner to extend their side’s advantage to six by the end of the third quarter.

Reading’s Francis then showed his skill with a superb solo goal, reversing the ball into the net after a mazy run in which he beat several defenders, to make it seven.

Mackenzie and Sutcliffe then both scored with clever deflections but there was nothing subtle about Park’s goal as he drilled in a penalty corner while on the pitch as a kicking back.

Blumfield then added the cherry on the already large cake with a minute to go but, despite the convincing nature of the win, head coach Jon Bleby believes there is still room for improvement before their next game on Wednesday.

“Having two wins from two games is really positive and this new group is learning a lot already,” he said.

“But we do need to be much more clinical in attack and from our penalty corners.

“I’m really looking forward to our game against Australia now.”

GB take on the Australians at 09:05 BST on Wednesday, a game which can be watched here.

To find out which players are taking part in this year's Sultan of Johor Cup click here.