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Black Sticks Women draw with Japan

Updated: Apr 14

Black Sticks debutante Breana Catley celebrates a penalty corner against Japan PHOTO: HOCKEY NZ

The Black Sticks women have let a 1-0 lead slip at the National Hockey Centre in Auckland ., conceding a late goal to Japan

The 1-1 draw came after the visiting side showed more dominance controlling territory and possession for the opening few minutes - and earning a number of penalty corners.


The Japanese were unable to capitalise on their early momentum with the Kiwis recovering well from their slow start.


For most of the first half it was advantage New Zealand with a number of entries into the Japanese defensive circle.


The Black Sticks broke the deadlock late in the first quarter when Olivia Shannon found herself in the right place at the right time to tap in a goal from a penalty corner.


Despite a number of good opportunities New Zealand were frustrated by some strong last defence and some poor finishing.


Japan found their footing in the final quarter of the game and pressed the Kiwis high up the field. They were rewarded for their persistence when they found a goal through Shiho Kobayakawa who deflected in a shot from a baseline pass with five minutes remaining.



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