match 4 - china v barbarians

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A changed Barbarians line-up saw them once again overcome their opponents in day 2 of the Tom Hoad Cup, the all-star squad proving too much for their overseas opponents, China.

Both teams rotated their squads due to games being played late last night and it was the Chinese who found the sight of goal first when Zhang Chufeng forced a lovely diving save out of Barbarians goalkeeper Austen Ramer.

The first goal of the game came from Barbarians number 6, Milan Nesic who played a reverse hand shot into the top corner, 1-0 Barbarians.

The Chinese have been known for their goals and they were back amongst the scoring when Dong Tianyi got his and his team’s first leveling things at 1-1.

From the resulting play, a carbon copy of the Barbarians first goal saw Tyler Martin give the all-stars back the lead.

But even that move was short-lived as Sha Shi tried his luck from range and brought things to 2-2 going into the first break.

The second period was a goal for goal fest as a Chinese exclusion saw Barbarian Cory Nasoff start the scoring whilst China’s Zhang Jian finished the quarter’s goals with a well-executed shot, taking the score to 4-4 going into the major break.

The 3rd period kicked off with a Barbarian’s goal, as the ball fell to Milan Nesic again and he gratefully sent the all-stars into a 5-4 lead

China, on the back foot, went in search for an equalizer but wayward shooting and sloppy defending saw them slip to a 9-4 scoreline in favour of the barbarians at the final break.

The final quarter saw fatigue take its toll as passes were going astray and both teams chalked up several turnovers

And it wasn’t until Lu Wenhui found the net late on that the final period saw a goal, 9-5 to the Barbarians.

The slow starting quarter played its part in this match-up and the final term only saw 3 goals, the last of them by Chris Dyson to seal a 10-6 Barbarians win.

KARL TRAVAGLINI

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