The Vantage Black Sticks took on Spain of their second match within the FIH Professional League this morning NZT.
After an absolute thriller in Bhubansewar noticed India come away with the win the Black Sticks have been hopeful of a robust begin.
Spain took benefit of their recent legs and began the brighter of the 2 groups, successful some early penalty corners. Goalkeeper George Enersen acquitted himself nicely with a few robust saves however the Spanish have been in a position to take one in all their possibilities to place themselves 1-0 up via Pau Cunill.
Very similar to the sport in opposition to India, midfield turnovers stopped Kiwi momentum however the Black Sticks began to make some inroads into the Spanish circle late within the first quarter.
Spain got here out of the quarter break and continued to place the strain on the New Zealand defence, with Enersen once more making some advantageous saves to maintain the scoreline at 1-0
A repeat of the primary quarter the Black Sticks turned the strain on leading to two beautiful targets inside 30 seconds. Hayden Phillips with a incredible reverse shot from simply contained in the circle, after which Simon Baby firing an absolute belter to take the lead.
Spain once more began the recent quarter on the entrance foot and have been rewarded with a nicely taken equaliser by Marc Reyne.
The second half was considerably quieter than the primary with the Spanish in a position to see out the win. The Black Sticks did threaten late, successful their first and solely penalty nook of the sport with 26 seconds to spare.
Spain took full benefit of the fatigue proven by the Kiwis, who performed solely 24 hours earlier, registering 16 pictures on aim to NZs 3, 8 penalty corners to 1, and 29 circle penetrations to fifteen.
The Black Sticks subsequent tackle India Saturday Nov 5 at 2.30am NZT – dwell on Spark Sport.