CWG 2014: Australian Men Beat England to Reach Hockey Final

Australia continued with their fantastic showing on the hockey field and cruised past England with a 4-1 win to enter finals.

Updated: August 02, 2014 17:41 IST
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Defending champions Australia in action against England in their semifinal match.

Glasgow: Australia will face India or New Zealand for their fifth consecutive men's hockey Commonwealth Games gold after they comfortably saw off England 4-1 on Saturday.

"We expected a very tough game against a very strong opponent, but our boys did really well today," said Australia coach Graham Reid.

In the pouring rain in Glasgow it was England who were caught cold after just two minutes as Tristan White gave Australia the perfect start from a penalty corner before Simon Orchard doubled their lead just eight minutes later.

"Scoring a goal with two minutes gone in the match is something we dream about. We always try to create opportunities for to make that happen," added Reid.

Harry Martin briefly gave England hope when he bundled home from close range on 52 minutes to half the deficit.

However, England never looked like levelling and Australia rounded off their victory with two more goals in the final 10 minutes as Chris Ciriello fired a penalty corner low into the net before Eddie Ockenden had the simple task of finishing into an open goal.

"We're very disappointed. We thought we could win but we weren't quite there today," said England coach Bobby Crutchley

"We didn't create a lot and they made it quite difficult for us."

England do, though, at least have the chance to secure a medal in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

"We don't want to leave here with nothing," added Crutchley.

"We want that bronze medal tomorrow."

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