Great Britain 5
Forsyth (9′, PS), (56′, FG), (57′, PS), Ward (11′, FG), (31′, PC)
Fitri Saari (24′, PC), Rahim (35′, PC)
GB win 9-3 on aggregate
Great Britain’s men put in a super performance to reach the Tokyo Olympics, overcoming Malaysia in some style in London.
A hat-trick from Alan Forsyth and two more from fellow striker Sam Ward gave Britain a crucial win, and they fought very hard to secure a place in Japan.
Two early goals gave Britain the upper hand in the first quarter, and their spot on the plane always looked secure from then on in.
Skipper Adam Dixon said, “I’m not going to lie, it’s a massive sense of relief. There was a lot of pressure on these two games. Well before this block leading into these games, we knew that pressure and nerves would come into it, so we tried to tackle it head on and channel it. Nerves are only a human emotion, we took it on the chin and put two good performances in this weekend. To wrap it up with a ticket to Tokyo makes it even sweeter.
“We got off to a flyer, I never really felt totally confident until Aldo scored that final penalty stroke with four minutes to go, only then did I think that we’d sort of got it in the bag. Malaysia kept on coming and we knew that would be the case. I think we dug deep defensively, it was going to be a scrappy game at that point, we just had to make sure we didn’t make any silly errors and in large parts that’s exactly what we did.”
Great Britain: Pinner (GK), Weir, Waller, Sanford, Dixon (c), Ames, Sorsby, Wallace, Roper, Forsyth, Ward
Subs: Willars, Gall, Calnan, Martin, Draper, Sloan
Unused sub: Gibson (GK)