Sharp’s Kookaburras progress to World League Final semis | Video

GREEN AND GOLD: Lithgow's Lachlan Sharp thought he scored his first Kookaburras goal against Spain but it was overturned on review. Here he is pictured in action in his debut against India. Picture: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA
GREEN AND GOLD: Lithgow's Lachlan Sharp thought he scored his first Kookaburras goal against Spain but it was overturned on review. Here he is pictured in action in his debut against India. Picture: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

Lithgow's Lachlan Sharp and the Kookaburras have progressed through to the semi-finals of the FIH Hockey World League Final following a 4-1 victory over Spain on Wednesday night in Bhubaneswar, India.

Sharp has made a strong start to his senior international career and thought he had broken the deadlock in the after a scoreless first quarter.

The 20-year-old rebounded the ball into the back of the net in the 18th minute, however he was denied what would have been his first Kookaburras goal following a Spain review, which deemed Australia's Aran Zalewski had committed a foul in the lead-up.

Soon after Spain went ahead through Marc Garcia meaning the Kookaburras would need to play from behind for the fourth game in a row.

The Aussies managed to equalise through Jeremy Hayward just before the main break and then take the lead courtesy of Aaron Kleinschmidt's rebound from a penalty corner shortly after three quarter time.

A pair of drag flicks in the space of a minute from 21-year-old Blake Govers secured the 4-1 result for the Kookaburras with ten minutes left in the contest.

The win was Australia's first over tournament following three draws against India, Germany and England in the pool stage.

Australia will face either Germany or the Netherlands in the semi-finals on Friday or Saturday.