22 Oct 2017

Ephraums slams five goals to humble United States Featured

Defending champions Australia warmed-up to the defence of the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 19-0 drubbing of debutants United States of America at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium today.

Nathan Ephraums scored five goals; Isaac Farmilo four, Joel Rintala fired a hat-trick, Andrew Scanlon and Damon Steffens scored two, Coby Green,  Liam Flynn Jacob Anderson  scored a piece.

“It is a learning process for us too as we have only been together for four days,” said Australian head coach Brent Livermore, touching on the big margin victory over the Americans. “They (players) need to get as many matches to understand the structure we have worked on. We just went out and played our game plan.”

The Australians dominated the first half with three penalty corners goals from five attempts and added two more via field goals as the Americans, especially goalkeeper Nathaniel P’Lari, struggled to keep the marauding attacking machinery at bay.

On the opposite end, the United States forward line led by Jack Gallucci, failed to get past the 25-yard line in the first quarter, leaving Australian goalkeeper George McGeoch in a comfortable zone.

Scanlon stepped on the gear with a sixth minute penalty corner goal, Steffens extended the lead four minutes later in similar fashion, Ephraums was on target in the 10th and 12th minutes whilst Rintala sneaked in the fifth goal seconds before the end of the first quarter.

There was no stopping the Australians as they mounted continuous challenges into the American territory by the third quarter and were rewarded with penalty corner goals from Green (21st minute) and Scanlon scored his second goal of the night a minute later as the Australians led 7-0 in the second quarter and 11-0 by the end of the third quarter.

The Americans suffered further blow to their confidence as Australia carved a 19-0 victory over the blue-shirted Americans. It was the first high score ever recorded in the history of the SOJC since its inception in 2011.

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