Hockey: South Korea hand Britain final lesson

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Great Britain suffered their worst defeat at the hands of South Korea when they lost 5-1 to the Asian champions in the final of the Super Cup in Hong Kong yesterday.

However, there was no despondency from the coach, Jason Lee, who recently replaced the dismissed Mike Hamilton. "They were better and fitter and where we need to be. The attitude of the guys and where they have set their sights is in the right area," he said.

Britain opened the scoring in the 13th minute when the striker Dave Mathews took advantage of a loose ball. The Koreans swept back on the attack and equalised two minutes before the interval, Lee Kye Seong scoring the first of his three goals. Three further Korean goals inside the first 10 minutes of the second half put the game beyond Britain who now head for New Zealand for a five-match Test series.

Japan scored a golden goal to take the bronze medal as they secured a 3-2 win against the host nation.

* The women's Premier leaders, Chelmsford, lost 3-1 to Hightown on Saturday and were yesterday knocked out of the EH Cup by the First Division leaders, Harleston.