Hockey: Hampstead’s Oates is GB under-21 hero at Sultan of Johor Cup

Great Britain's under-21s celebrate (Pic Megat Firdaus/England Hockey)

Great Britain's under-21s celebrate (Pic Megat Firdaus/England Hockey) - Credit: Archant

Two goals from Hampstead & Westminster’s James Oates helped Great Britain’s U21s Men secure their second Sultan of Johor title with a superb victory over India. Midfielder Oates 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 following 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: 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.