10 Nov 2009

Black Sticks beat Malayasia.

7:33 pm on 10 November 2009

New Zealand's beaten Malaysia 4-2 at the World Cup men's hockey qualifying tournament in Invercargill.

The unbeaten Black Sticks led 2-1 at half-time after starting strongly and leading early when the veteran striker Phil Burrows scored from a penalty corner.

Malayasia scored from a penalty corner though and stepped up the pace to equalise early in the second half of the wind-swept match.

But the Black Sticks regained the lead with 17 minutes to go when the drag-flick specialist defender Hayden Shaw scored from a penalty corner, then striker Simon Child finished a neat move to slip in the fourth goal.

Earlier China remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Wales and Scotland beat Austria 3-2.

Tomorrow's a rest day and New Zealand will play China on Thursday evening.