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MEN’S HOCKEY: Northern Ireland duo bid for bronze finish with England

England's Mark Gleghorne (right) and Australia's Matthew Swann

England's Mark Gleghorne (right) and Australia's Matthew Swann

England coach Bobby Crutchley vowed he would gee up his “very disappointed” team for the bronze medal match after they suffered a mauling by Australia in the men’s hockey semi-finals.

England, who have Northern Ireland’s Mark Gleghorn and Ian Lewers on the squad, will face New Zealand on Sunday.

England goalkeeper George Pinner was beaten by further strikes from Simon Orchard and Chris Ciriello, before making way for kicking back Dan Fox. Australia capped their successful outing when Eddie Ockenden netted from close range late on.

Harry Martin registered England's consolation goal, but it was a galling day and Crutchley conceded his team had not met his expectations.

"We're very disappointed. We thought we could win but we weren't quite there," Martin said.

"We didn't create a lot and they made it quite difficult for us.

"We don't want to leave here with nothing. We want that bronze medal."

Australia go on to face India in Sunday's final, while England have New Zealand next.

England forward Mark Gleghorne went along with Crutchley's verdict, with his frustration unmistakeable.

"Unfortunately in the first half we didn't really turn up. The second half was better," Gleghorne said.

"They're the best team in the world and you have to play well to beat them. We didn't do that for long enough."

 

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