6 Mar 2010

Blackstick men keep World Cup dreams alive

7:08 am on 6 March 2010

The New Zealand men's hockey team has stayed in contention for their first-ever appearance in the semi-finals of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over South Korea in India.

Both goals for the Black Sticks came in the first half as Andrew Hayward converted a penalty corner in the fifth minute, before captain Dean Couzins pushed in a penalty stroke in the 22nd.

South Korea reduced the margin in the final minute through a stroke by Lee Nam Yong.

It was New Zealand's second win in three matches, giving them six points in group A.

New Zealand, who have not finished higher than seventh in the World Cup, must win their last two games against Argentina on Sunday and Germany on Tuesday to book a semi-final spot.

South Korea, the Asian champions, are virtually out of the race with just three points in the bag.