05 Nov 2016

Australia has never won the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) despite making the final on two occasions.

But they will surely fancy their chances of lifting the coveted trophy at Taman Daya Stadium this time around.

Especially as they have negotiated the pool stages confidently, winning all matches convincingly, the only blemish if one was to call it, a 2-2 draw against Malaysia.

On Saturday, Australia also drew with England 2-2 but the match that had no bearing for Ben Bishop's men.

They have been a lethal force, scoring a total of 27 goals and have a proud defensive record with only six goals conceded.

In players like Blake Govers, Max Hendry and Kiran Arunasalam, they have match winners that can turn half chances into goals and the trio have been instrumental in the teams relentless march into the final.

"We are pleased to be in the final. Coming here was a good preparation of the Junior World Cup and we'll treat this final just as important as any other final," said Bishop.

"The final will be challenging and with both teams having playing each other already, I expect something different."

Australia took the lead through Blake Govers' short corner conversion in the ninth minute, a goal that was expected to open the floodgates as in the Burras' previous matches.

Yet the Australians eased their foot on the pedal, allowing England to attempt a comeback.

England, who desperately needed a win to stand a chance of competing in Sunday's final, drew level from Peter Scott's field goal in the 32nd minute. The Australians slowed the pace of the game, perhaps to conserve energy ahead of the final, and scored  through Tom Craig in the 66th minute but Jack Glee converted a penalty corner after the hooter.

"I torn between being frustrated we didn't covert our chances but at the same timr it was an in incredible performance from my boys. We'll go for the bronze medal in the placing match," said Jon Bleby.

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