Australia defeated West Pakistan by 3-1 within the final of the ruler of Johor Cup underneath twenty one Hockey compete in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) on Sunday.
Just 2 day earlier, Australia overwhelmed West Pakistan Juniors by 8-1 within the spherical robin however within the final the inexperienced shirts teamed up well by manufacturing sensible show and took second position behind Australia.
There were predictions that it might be one aspect affairs however Pakistanis gave a wonderful fight to the highest graded aspect. the primary 0.5 was alright oppose and each Australia and West Pakistan forwards raided on one another territory with some fine moves.
Green shirts stunned everybody once they went ahead within the seventh minute through the primary penalty corner. rather than Abu Bakr, Pakistan’s regular striker, conjointly their high scorer within the event with four goals, it had been long stature Hassan Anwar United Nations agency took it. His quick high flick on goal keeper’s left aspect was unstoppable .
Australia replied within the similar manner at intervals six minutes. Gerrard Frazer’s penalty corner conversion was virtually a reproduction of Hassan Anwar’s effort. Game’s tempo went up with every of the perimeters shattered rival defence. Pakistani showed sensible calmness in defence and were quick on flip overs.
A battle royal in Pakistani circle resulted in Australia’s second penalty corner in thirty second minute. Goal keeper Muneeb brightly palmed it away with AN extended left arm. the primary fifteen minute of the second session Australia dominated by time and once more shattering PakistanÆs circle with some sensible moves.
Three additional penalty corners came their manner. On the fifth of the day, the penalty corner hit stuck Pakistani line stopper’s foot. The resultant penalty stroke was paid in on by Blake Govers and Australia were a pair of one ahead within the forty seventh minute.
Pakistan’s scattered attacks did produce a couple of probabilities together with their second penalty corner of the day however Australian deep defence unbroken the lead intact. With simply four minutes left, Blake Govers’ second goal, off a penalty corner, sealed Pakistan’s fate. Pakistan ought to take lots of heart from their splendid performance.
They had ne’er finished higher than fourth place at any of the 5 previous editions of ruler of Johor Cup. within the last 2 events, they were last sixth. And this point West Pakistan compete the ultimate. The splendid result couldn’t have come back at a higher time simply four weeks before the Junior World Cup.
Australia got initial position, West Pakistan at second, with Japan, England, Malaysia and New Zealand remained at third, fourth, fifth and sixth places severally.