T&T take another pasting at hands of NZ

10:05, Jul 26 2014
Black Sticks
JUST TOO GOOD: The men's Black Sticks discuss tactics during their easy 8-0 win.

New Zealand's men's hockey team remains undefeated in their pool in Glasgow after downing Trinidad and Tobago 8-0 tonight (NZT).

The Black Sticks shook off early resistance from their occasionally feisty Caribbean opponents to win comfortably, if not as spectacularly as their female counterparts who had racked up a 14-0 scoreline against the Trinidad and Tobago women 12 hours earlier.

The Black Sticks opened the scoring through veteran skipper Phil Burrows before Nick Haig bagged two first half goals from penalty corners.

Haig's double was split was a spectacular individual goal from Shay Neal who injured his left shoulder in the process.

Simon Child kept the scoreboard ticking over six minutes into the second half when he swooped on a loose ball after a scramble following a penalty corner. Hugo Inglis added New Zealand's sixth goal after the opposition failed to clear a Burrows shot.

Alex Shaw, who was strong at the back for New Zealand, kept the scoreboard ticking over with a goal with 11 minutes to go.

It was then left to Shay, back on the field, to score his second goal and complete a lop-sided scoreline which will help New Zealand's points differential, a potentially important factor.

New Zealand played a controlled and efficient game throughout, dominating the midfield in particular. But much tougher rivals await in this tournament.

The Black Sticks' next pool match is against England who beat Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 in their first match. The New Zealand men defeated Canada 3-1 in their opening pool match.

Black Sticks 8 (Nick Haig 2, Shay Neal 2, Phil Burrows, Hugo Inglis, Simon Child, Alex Shaw goals) Trinidad and Tobago 0. HT: 4-0.