New Delhi, November 15, 2012: Indian Junior Men team entered the final of 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia as they defeated New Zealand 3-1 in their fourth league match played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Bahru. In other two matches of the day, Pakistan and Germany defeated (2-0) last year’s finalists Malaysia and Australia respectively to keep their chances alive for the finals.
India now have 10 points and a match in hand against Malaysia to be played on Saturday and are confirmed of their place in final on Sunday. The other finalist will only be known after the completion of final round robin matches on Saturday.
India are followed by Germany and Australia with 6 points each in points table. While Pakistan and New Zealand are at 4th and 5th place in current standing with 5 and 4 points respectively. The defending champions and hosts Malaysia are at last position and are out of contention for title.
India dominated the proceedings from the start of the game. Mandeep Singh got the ball rolling with his goal in the 19th minute when his shot from the right beat goalkeeper Richard Joyce. In the 27th minute Harjeet Singh found the target for India while Skipper Manpreet Singh scored in the 34th minute putting 3-0 on board till half time. In the second half Benedict Van Woerkom scored the only goal for New Zealand in the 48th minute.
With today’s win, India remains the only undefeated team in the competition so far with ten points from four games. Also India remains on the top of the standings with their two earlier wins and a draw which includes a 2-0 win over Australia, 3-1 win registered over five times world junior champions Germany and a goalless draw against Pakistan in their third match.
Points Table After 4 League Matches: