NZ thrashes Pakistan 5-3 in Azlan Shah hockey tournament
IPOH (92 News) – Nic Woods converted two penalty corners to hand defending champions New Zealand a 5-3 victory over Pakistan in the round-robin league of the 25th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Saturday.
Twin strikes by Woods in the space of three minutes put New Zealand on winning course after the teams were level 2-2 at half-time.
Back to winning habit after being held to draws by Malaysia and Canada in their initial two outings, New Zealand took their points tally to five, while Pakistan have three points from two matches.
Pakistan had beaten Canada 3-1 in their opening fixture.
Pakistan opened the account in the eighth minute through Muhammad Arslan Qadir, who flicked in Ajaz Ahmed’s cross just wide of goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex.
Pakistan could have increased the lead two minutes later from their first penalty corner when the shot deflected off the goalkeeper’s pads to the goal-post and back into play. The Black Sticks defenders did not have a clue about the ball’s direction until it was cleared in a melee.