2 Jun 2014

Thrilling finish as Black Sticks men open World Cup campaign

6:59 am on 2 June 2014

The New Zealand men's hockey team sealed a thrilling 2-1 victory over Korea with just three minutes remaining in their opening game at the World Cup in the Netherlands.

It was a fitting finish given the way the Black Sticks opened the match with Steve Edwards scoring just 11 seconds into the game.

New Zealand dominated the remainder of the first half but Korea were able to mount a strong comeback in the second period and equalise through a Kim Seongkyu field goal with six minutes on the clock.

But in front of a group of vocal New Zealand fans, the Black Sticks weren't done and earned back to back penalty corners as the minutes ticked away.

Four minutes out from fulltime Phil Burrows proved the hero after hitting home the deflection from Kane Russell's drag flick to ensure the Black Sticks banked all three points with a win.

Head coach Colin Batch says it's pleasing to come away with the result after being under pressure throughout the second half.

The Black Sticks men play South Africa in their second pool game on Wednesday morning at 12:30am (NZ time).

Meanwhile, the Black Sticks Women play Korea at 12:30am tomorrow morning (NZ time) in their second Pool A match after beating Belgium in their opening game.