01 Nov 2016

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A young Japanese side bounced back from their opening day defeat to defeat New Zealand 4-1 at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) on Tuesday.


Two penalty corners from Koji Yamasaki in the 19th and 25th minute set Japan on course for a victory after their 6-0 loss to Australia on Monday. The third goal scored by Kyohei Ogawa in the 28th minuted proved the attack led by Ryo Ozawa was more dangerous this time around.
With a disciplined approach, Japan controlled most parts of the match as New Zealand's midfield collapsed. The Black Stick only had two chances in Japan's D in the first-half. 
New Zealand, however, were more composed in the second-half, only to be denied by a resilient Japanese defence.
New Zealand eventualy got a goal after Oliver Logan converted a penalty corner but Japan refused to let their guard down, nicking another goal, this time though Kaito Tanaka's field goal in the dying minutes.
New Zealand coach Bryce Collins said his charged were disappointing.
"After the Pakistan defeat, I expected a win today ... there were some positives though in the way we tried to comeback in the second half.
"I can deny that Japan played better but we'll take a valuable lesson from this to the Junior World Cup," said Bryce, who expects a tough encounter against Australia on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Japan coach Kyoiche Nagaya said the defeat to Australia fired his player up.
"Australia really pressurred us and we learnt from that and applied it against New Zealand. My players proved their worth," said Nagaya.
Japan meet England in their third match on Wednesday.

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