Great Britain draw with Korea at Azlan Shah

Jonty Clarke in action at the London Olympic Test Event 2012

GREAT BRITAIN 1 (0) - (1) KOREA
Jonty Clarke (FG) 50           Yoon Sung Hoon (FG) 22
             
In the penultimate game of the preliminary stages at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Great Britain faced Korea knowing that a win would take them to the top of the standings in Malaysia.  Korea came into the game in sixth place hoping to move up the table to fight it out for the higher placings on Sunday. As it was both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the searing heat.

The first half saw very few clear cut chances for either side; Korea having the majority of the possession and scoring the solitary goal thanks to Sung Hoon Yoon who fired home from the top of the circle.  Great Britain looked tired as they went in at half time, but they came out refreshed and dominated significant parts of the second half.  Jonty Clarke evened up the score line in the 50th minute with a fantastic solo effort.

The story of the match was two goalkeepers playing at the very top of their game; Cannock’s James Fair making two world class saves in the first and final minutes and Korea’s Myung Ho Lee helping to keep his side in the game on numerous occasions in the second half.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the players ahead of the final preliminary games on Saturday.  Today’s result means that Great Britain must win their next match against Pakistan at 11:05 BST on Saturday and rely on other results going their way if they are to make the final.

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British sports fans have another opportunity to cheer on the GB next week as Great Britain’s women’s team hosts the Investec London Cup in Chiswick from 5-10 June.  Tickets are still available by visiting www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/investeclondoncup.

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