Australia see off England for 10th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title

India vs Ireland

Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal against Ireland

Australia's men's hockey team have defeated England 2-1 to win the six-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia. Shane O'Donoghue scored Ireland's lone goal in the 57th minute to complete the final 4-1 scoreline.

Gleghorne had a short corner blocked with just over four minutes remaining, before England removed Pinner to use Brendan Creed as a kicking-back. Varun Kumar was at the first battery but it was Ramandeep who came up with a great finish to direct the flick into the net with a tap after he had injected the ball perfectly for the dragflicker.

Having recovered from defeat against Australia in their first match of the competition to draw with India and Argentina, either side of a win against Ireland, Bobby Crutchley's side saw Hampstead & Westminster's two-time Olympian Harry Martin, formerly of Old Loughtonians, win his 100th England cap as they looked to secure their progress.

With 1-0 lead, India had to contain Ireland and ensure they stayed ahead.

Both teams reached the final with confidence with Australia unbeaten in the five prelimnary matches, while England were riding high after thrashing Malaysia 7-2 prior to yesterday's showdown.

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Amit Rohidas roofed another penalty corner to restore India's lead but then Lisnagarvey's Murray tied things up when he met another Shimmins cross. After the third goal, the floodgates had opened, Gurjant Singh scored the fourth goal of the match after some clever piece of work from Talwinder.

A foot foul by Dipsan Tirkey saw India concede a PC only 15 seconds prior to the half-time hooter but Suraj Karkera was on top of his job to save the PC.

In the second quarter, forward Shilanand Lakra beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr to double the lead to 2-0. Though India had more circle entries, they could not make much of it thanks to an alert Carr at the goalpost.

Australia took the lead in a tightly contested game when Blake Govers drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from a penalty corner.

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