India was led to their first Silver Medal at the Junior Women’s Asia Cup by experienced mid-fielder Ritu Rani, with forward Poonam Rani as her deputy (Team Details) in the 6th edition of the tournament, which was played in Bangkok, Thailand.
Final Standings of the tournament are as following:
1. China, 2. India, 3. Korea, 4. Japan, 5. Malaysia, 6. Thailand, 7. Sri Lanka, 8. Pakistan, 9. Singapore and 10. Kazakhstan (All Results of 6th Women’s Jr Asia Cup, Bangkok Thailand)
India defeated Sri Lanka and Singapore 16-0 and 9-0 respectively, before losing to eventual Champions China 2-5. Then India overcame stiff Malaysian competition and defeated them (2-1) to reach Semi Finals and took the 2nd placed after China who won all of their games in Pool A (Detailed Article: India Vs Japan and Korea vs China in the Semis of Jr Asia Cup (Women’s)).
In the Semi Finals, India faced Pool B toppers Japan, while China faced Korea (2nd in Pool B). Four times Bronze Medalists, India defeated Japan through Golden Goal of Vice Captain Poonam Rani and were sure of their best ever performance at the tournament, while China defeated Korea 3-2 to reach final and set up summit clash against India (Detailed Article: India to Face China in their 1st Final of Jr Women’s Asia Cup).
India got off to good start in finals against China, to whom they had lost 2-5 in league stage, to take 2-0 in initial 25 minutes, but interruption due to rain hampered India’s rhythm and China turned to tide to win game 5-2 from 0-2 trailing (Detailed Article: India finishes with silver medal in 6th Junior Women’s Asia Cup).
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