Black Sticks men down India
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 5:10a.m.
The Blacks Sticks' Olympic campaign is back on track after a 3-1 win over India in the men's hockey tournament.
Goals to Andy Hayward, Phil Burrow and Nick Wilson, after India had taken an early lead, were enough to give them their first points in London.
They lost their opening match 2-0 to South Korea.
India made a dream start at the Riverbank Arena to lead afer 90 seconds when Sandeep Singh converted their first penalty corner.
But Hayward responded in kind in the 12th minute and then Burrows converted a penalty stroke to take the lead.
Striker Wilson was on hand to latch on to a cross from Shea McAleese to extend their advantage six minutes before the break.
India, beaten 3-2 by the Netherlands on the first day, pressed hard in the second half to get back in the match, but found could not find a way past Kyle Pontifex who pulled off a string of good saves.
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