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Great Britain beat India to secure Sultan of Johor Cup final spot

Great Britain U21s 2017 Sultan of Johor Cup v India
Great Britain (1) 2
Sorsby (PC, 20) Waller (PC, 52)

India (1) 1 
Raushan Kumar (FG, 25)

Great Britain beat India 2-1 to confirm their place in tomorrow’s Sultan of Johor Cup final.

Goals from Tom Sorsby and captain Jack Waller meant that Jon Bleby's side maintained their 100% record in the tournament so far and means they will head into the tomorrow's showpiece event in the best possible form.

In contrast to their previous games, both the goals came from penalty corners - either side of a strike from Raushan Kumar - proving that Jon Bleby's side are an attacking threat from all situations.

The result means India will now face a battle for the bronze with Malaysia, while Australia will be Great Britain's opponents as they aim to reclaim the title they won in 2015.

It was a cautious first quarter as both sides eased their way into the game. India needed the win to progress to the final where as the Brits knew a draw or a win would see them through. As a result, a penalty corner and a well worked attack from India were the only real attacks in this period.

The second quarter saw both sides come to life and, after applying plenty of pressure, Great Britain took the lead, with birthday boy Sorbsy deflecting in Eddie Way's penalty corner strike. 

However five minutes before half time a card for Waller gave India a chance which they took full advantage of to level as a reverse strike outside of the circle found Kumar who lightly touched the ball into the goal.

Despite only needing a point Great Britain were not going to settle for a draw and they came out hungry for a win after the break. They dominated the third quarter, with multiple penalty corners, but India worked hard to deny them any further. 

The pressure continued in the last quarter as they had attack after attack. A brilliant display of team work from Cameron Golden and Callum Mackenzie almost ended in a spectacular goal but the ball just whistled past the post. 

In retaliation India attempted a counter attack but Wyver came out strongly to deflect the ball out of any danger. 

Captain Waller then sealed the win for his side as he tapped the ball in at near post after a scramble in front of the keeper eight minutes before the final whistle.

After the game a delighted Bleby said: "We are proud of the players' performances so far, we are learning more from each game.

"Today was a good team performance against a tough Indian side.

"Our goal now is to perform well in the final and bring home the title."

You can watch Great Britain take on Australia in the final tomorrow at 12.35pm GMT here.

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