Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament sees Australia-Korea match end in a 3-3 draw
Six-time champions Australia tried hard to hold Korea 3-3 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament here today.
While the second consecutive draw for Australia has given hope to the other teams of remaining in the running, it has not done any good to Korea as they needed nothing short of a straight win to remain in contention.
Korea struck through their dependable penalty corner specialist Nam Hyun Woo, who made amends for his earlier two misses, with a rasping low grounder just as the match entered half time.
Trailing by a goal, something which had not happened in this edition, rattled the Australians. True to form and expectations, the team bounced back, throwing all its weight in the attack.
The long clearance from Robert Hammond was well anticipated by Joshua Miller, and in a trice he deflected the ball into the net.
The 41st minute goal lifted the Aussie spirits but it was the Koreans who forged again in fortuitous circumstances.
A long hit from the right by Jung Man Jae was deflected in by Aussie defender Nicholas Budgeon in his desperate
attempt to clear.
Thereafter, the Korean attack was in full flow and they struck gold through their sixth penalty corner for their third
goal by skipper Lee Seung.
Down but not ready to give anything away, the Aussies came up with twin strikes. First, Joshua Miller made capital
use of a pass from Jacob Whetton to score a field goal in the 58th minute, while Timothy Deavin added another field goal, his efforts synchronising with the final hooter.
The Korean ploy of slowing down the proceedings worked wonders on a day when the Australians really missed the services of injured Timothy Bates and defender Daniel Beale.
That Korea forced as many as five penalty corners in the first half itself was a reflection of the domination they
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