GB men's hockey team clinch bronze in Malaysia event

England's Matt Daly and New Zealand's Steven Edwards
England's Matt Daly and New Zealand's Steven Edwards battle for the ball

Great Britain's men clinched bronze at hockey's Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 4-2 win over New Zealand.

Having gone behind against the run of play, defender Richard Mantell's penalty corner goal a minute before half time put GB back on track.

They dominated the second half with Rob Moore, Richard Smith and Matt Daly on the scoresheet in Malaysia before a late consolation for New Zealand.

Australia beat Pakistan 3-2 in the final to clinch the gold medal.

Afterwards, GB head coach Jason Lee said he was delighted with the result and the team's performance against the Black Sticks, who had beaten England to win Commonwealth bronze in Delhi last year.

"I'm very pleased. We came here with an unbalanced squad and with minimum preparation. We were the last team to get here and we didn't play any practice games," he said.

"As a result, we have to be happy with a bronze medal. I would have taken that before we started."

Ahead of the match, captain Glenn Kirkham was named in the Sultan's XI, the list of players identified by the coaches of the seven competing countries as being the best of the tournament.

The Black Sticks will line up in the London Cup in Chiswick in July, where they will also play England, Korea and Belgium.

Great Britain's Sultan Azlan Shah Cup results:
5 May: GB 3-1 Malaysia
6 May: GB 1-3 India
8 May: GB 3-2 Pakistan
9 May: GB 3-1 New Zealand
12 May: GB 1-2 Australia
14 May: GB 1-3 South Korea
15 May (bronze medal match): GB 4-2 New Zealand

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