Two goals from James Oates helped Great Britain’s U21s Men secure their second Sultan of Johor title with a superb victory over India.
The Hampstead & Westminster midfielder struck twice in the third quarter, assisted on both occasions by Cameron Golden, who finished the event as Britain’s top scorer with five goals.
That came after Daniel West had equalised for the 2015 champions after Gursahibjit Singh’s fourth minute opener, which followed a stunning flying save by Ollie Payne – who was later named the ‘Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ – to keep out an early Mandeep Mor corner flick.
Abishek’s outrageous strike dragged India back into the tie with five minutes remaining but Britain’s defence – the meanest in the tournament, conceding 11 times – held firm as Jon Bleby’s side went one better than last year’s silver.
Golden almost grabbed himself a deserved goal in the dying moments but was denied by Pankaj Rajak, although it was not to matter as his side became the third team – alongside India and Australia – to win the tournament on two occasions.
GB Squad For 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup
Adam Buckle – Nottingham University
Tom Crowson – Loughborough Students
Jacob Draper – Cardiff & Met
Cameron Golden – Grove Menzieshill
Gareth Griffiths – Beeston
Callum Mackenzie – Cardiff & Met
James Mazarelo (GK) – Bowdon
Tim Nurse – Bath Buccaneers
James Oates – Hampstead & Westminster
Nick Park – Beeston
Oliver Payne (GK) – Durham University
Matt Ramshaw – Loughborough Students
Stuart Rushmere – Bath Buccaneers
Tom Russell – Brooklands MU
Duncan Scott – Exeter University
Jack Turner – Durham University
Eddie Way – Birmingham University
Daniel West – Loughborough Students