Men’s Olympic Team take positives from 1-0 defeat

Joe Bell in midfield for the Men's Olympic Team | Credit Photosport

The Men’s Olympic Team continued their warm-up to Tokyo 2020 with a second game against Australia tonight at the ZA Oripri Stadium, Ichihara, going down 1-0 after a Mitch Duke goal in the 3rd minute. 

A tight affair throughout, both teams carved out chances but the Kiwi side unfortunately couldn’t match their Monday result which saw them win 2-0.

The team lined up remained unchanged, starting with Michael Woud, Dane Ingham, Liberato Cacace, Winston Reid, Nando Pijnaker, Gianni Stensness, Joe Bell, Clayton Lewis, Callum McCowatt, Elijah Just and Chris Wood. The second half saw minutes for substitutes Marko Stamenic, Joe Champness, Callan Elliot, Ben Waine, Sam Sutton, Matt Garbett and George Stanger. 

After the game, Head Coach Danny Hay spoke about the performance:

“Obviously disappointing to lose a football match first and foremost, probably the manor of the goal is not ideal but we’ve seen that happen at every level of the game. It’s just one of those things that happens to goalkeepers from time to time. 

“But look, the way the boys rallied, they didn’t lose any confidence, they didn’t drop their heads. They really worked their way back into the game. 

“I thought particularly the second half we were excellent. Created some really good opportunities towards the back end of the game and probably a little unlucky not to come out of the game with something at least.”

The team play in Group B at the Games alongside Republic of Korea, Honduras and Romania. Their campaign gets underway against Republic of Korea on Thursday 22 July at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium.

Article added: Thursday 15 July 2021



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