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Commonwealth Games: Martin helps England men hit seven

PUBLISHED: 08:13 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:13 06 April 2018

England's Harry Martin (right) celebrates with Liam Sandford after netting the fourth goal against Malaysia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

England's Harry Martin (right) celebrates with Liam Sandford after netting the fourth goal against Malaysia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

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Harry Martin was among the goalscorers as England's men beat Malaysia 7-0 in their opening match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

With the England women having beaten South Africa 2-0 in their first fixture, the men made a fast start as Sam Ward converted Henry Weir’s cross.

Ward added his second with a clever touch to Mark Gleghorne’s reverse-stick strike, then turned provider to set up David Goodfield to make it 3-0.

Gleghorne’s cool penalty flick completed a dominant first half, before Malaysia rallied in the scoreless third quarter.

And England then scored three times in the last 15 minutes to run out convincing winners.

Hampstead & Westminster’s Martin dived to deflect Ward’s cross into the roof of the net for the fifth, with Gleghorne grabbing his second with a drag flick.

Co-captain Phil Roper completed the rout with a clever backhand finish ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Pakistan (5.30am).

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