Friday, August 14, 2009


New Zealand drew 2 - 2 with Malaysia in Napier tonight.

The Black Sticks scored first two seven minutes into the match with an Andy Hayward penalty corner drag flick variation.

Several minutes later Malaysia later counter attacked and equalised in the 19th minute through S. Selvarajoo. Mohd Amin Rahim converted a penalty corner in the 33rd minute and Phil Burrows drew the Kiwis level before half time.

In the second half no major chances presented either side, although NZ went close twice on corners with Petherick going over top and several Hayden Shaw attempts saved. Kyle Pontifex also did well in goal thwarting a couple of good attempts.

For the Black Sticks Ryan Archibald was a class above working his way out of tight spots, dirbbling well and giving great passes that should have resulted in more.

The final match of the series is in Taupo on Sunday. New Zealand lead with two wins and a two draws.