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Black Sticks Women slap five past India

The Black Sticks Women have continued their winning ways at the FIH World League Semi-Final with a decisive 5-0 win over India.

Black Sticks Women celebrate

A total of 31 goal attempts highlights that the Kiwis played their trademark attacking game, pouncing on every opportunity to turn over the ball and counter-attack.

Midfielder Gemma Flynn who had a four goal haul in the opening match, bagged another two and was a stand-out player in today's game.

But both Flynn and coach Mark Hager agree the basics need to be improved if they are to get more wins in the tougher matches ahead.

"We are under no illusion, we are probably not going to get as many chances as we have in the last two games. So whatever chances we do get against Belgium and Australia, we need to finish them off and be really clinical," said Hager.

"We will watch Belgium play Australia tomorrow (local time) and that will give us a chance to see both teams in action. But in the end we will just concetrate on ourselves and getting our own structures and patterns correct."

Flynn got the scoring underway in the 10th minute, picking up a high rebound from the keeper and batting it into the goal.

Early on in the second quarter, the Indian keeper was forced to make a save and lying on the ground with the ball at her feet, Canterbury's Olivia Merry stepped over the keeper and tapped it across the line.

Merry almost got a double in the third quarter but her attempt bounced off the post and Flynn once again swooped in to make it count.

Flynn's impact on the game continued when she passed to Kirsten Pearce who fired it into the goal in the 52nd minute to give the Kiwis a 4-0 lead.

The Black Sticks next clash is against Australia at 6am on Friday (NZ time).