DUBLIN, Sept 29: India opened its campaign in the 2012 Champions Challenge 1 with a 3-0 win against Wales in Pool A here on Saturday.
Skipper Ritu Rani (18th minute), Lily Chanu Mayengbam (28th minute penalty corner) and Soundarya Yendala (70th minute penalty corner) scored the goals in the tournament that will determine the qualifier for FIH Women’s Champions Trophy.
A 10-minute span in the first-half gave India the upper-hand. India scored two goals through captain Ritu Rani and Lily Chanu’s penalty corner strike.
Wales tried hard to chip away at India’s lead, but the defence stood its ground in the second-half and held the Wales scoreless. India secured its final goal just before the final hooter to complete a convincing 3-0 win when Soundarya successfully converted a penalty corner.
India’s next Pool A match will be on Sunday against the top-seeded Australia, which beat Belgium 4-1 after leading by two goals at the break on Saturday.
Hockey India Press Release / Photo Courtesy: www.mncaphoto.com Matías Noé Correa Arce