The Indian junior women’s hockey squad scored a facile 16-0 victory over Sri Lanka in its opening Group A match in the Asia Cup here yesterday. As many as four players Anupa Barla, Vandana Katariya, Poonam Rani and Ritu Rani scored three goals each in a match the team dominated with six goals in the first half.
Navneet Kaur opened the floodgates with a field goal in the sixth minute. Before the first quarter-hour, Anupa Barla and Vandana Katariya added to the tally. Vice-captain Poonam Rani became the first Indian player to score off a penalty corner when she succeeded in the 17th minute before Lily Chanu Mayengbam made it 5-0 in the 22nd minute. Poonam Rani scored off a penalty corner again before the interval.
When play resumed, India did not ease the pressure and continued to score frequently. Vandana and Anupa secured their second goals within three minutes of resumption before Sushila Chanu and Poonam Rani scored off penalty corner exercises. Deep Ekka Grace converted a penalty stroke in the 44th minute to make it 11-0.
India captain and midfielder Ritu Rani scored three of the team’s final five goals while Vandana and Anupa completed their tally of three goals each in a match in which the team forced as many as 15 penalty corners and converted five of them.
In another group A match, Malaysia beat Singapore 7-0 while Japan defeated Pakistan 17-0 in a group B contest. The top three teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2013 FIH Junior Women World Cup.
Hockey India Press Release