Hockeyroos fight back to defeat China

The Hockeyroos have come from behind to defeat China 3-2 in the Hockey Pro League, rising to third in the standings.

PAUL GAUDOIN, head coach of Australia during the Hockey match between Australia and the United States in Hastings, New Zealand.
PAUL GAUDOIN, head coach of Australia during the Hockey match between Australia and the United States in Hastings, New Zealand. Picture: Kerry Marshall/Getty Images

A second-half flurry has helped the Hockeyroos to a 3-2 victory over China in the Pro League and third place in the league standings.

China gained the early upper hand in Changzhou with a Chen Yi goal just before quarter-time, holding on to their 1-0 advantage into halftime.

However, the Australians began to turn the screws in Sunday's third quarter, earning a succession of penalty corners and ultimately levelling the scores via Maddy Fitzpatrick in the seconds before three-quarter time.

A pair of fourth-quarter goals to Aussies Emily Chalker and Rosie Malone rendered Xu Wenyu's late China goal a consolation.

The result on foreign soil moves the Hockeyroos up to third in the Pro League, overtaking Belgium but behind the Netherlands and Argentina.

Australian coach Paul Gaudoin was pleased by his side's comeback.

"Credit to the girls, they fought back in the second half, created some chances, started to get some belief and were able to manage a win which was pleasing," Gaudoin said post-match.

The Hockeyroos will next play next Sunday against Great Britain in London.


AAP