Korea remain unbeaten at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan. The Asian champions produced a convincing 5-1 win over their rivals Japan in today’s last quarter-final. In Saturday’s semi-final Korea will face Ireland who had earlier beaten France 3-0 in a shootout.
Korea were the dominant side throughout the match and run out comfortable winners with Jang Jong Hyun registering a hat-trick. Korea opened the scoring when Hyun Hye Sung (11’) converted from a close range. World-ranked number 7 Korea were led by Jang Jong Hyun contributing a hat-trick (24’/40’/49’) of penalty corner goals to lift the score to 4-0.
Nam Hyun (59’) extended the lead to 5-0 by converting another penalty corner. “Penalty corners are the strength of the Korean team, so I’m happy with this”, said coach Shin Seok Kyo. Japan’s consolation goal was provided by Heita Yoshihara (63’) scoring from open play.
“This was not an easy win. Japan played very well and put us under pressure”, added Shin giving credit to the opponents.