On the second day of FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Women’s), the hosts Scotland outclassed India to win 4-0 in Pool A match, while Korea defeated Belgium 2-1 in other match of Pool A at Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
With these results, Korea are sitting on top of the Pool A with 6 points followed by Scotland and Belgium at 2nd and 3rd place respectively with 3 points each. India, who are at 4th place in Pool A, will play Belgium in their last league stage match on 30th April at 2030 IST, while hosts Scotland will challenge Korea on the same day for the top spot in the pool.
The hosts, Scotland made a confident start and proved to be dominating from the very beginning of the game winning a penalty corner in the fourth minute but failed to convert the same. Savita, Indian goal keeper, denied another goal opportunity to Scotland in the 11th minute as well and the replacement goal keeper Yogita Bali did an exceptional job in holding Scotland back from opening their account, as both the Indian goal keepers proved to be efficient and restricted Scotland in converting most of their opportunities into a goal.
It was only later in the 30th minute that Scotland’s Nikki Kidd carved her way and found the target to earn lead for her team. Emily Maguire doubled the lead to 2-0 in the 33rd minute with her precise goal and helped Scotland sit comfortably with 2-0 lead by the end of the first half itself.
In the 41st minute of the game, Vikki Bunce’s strike on PC helped Scotland to claim another goal to take the match away from India 3-0 lead. India’s effort to open their goal account was crushed by Scotland as all the opportunities were either tackled away or stopped by the Scottish goal keeper. It was in the 66th minute of the game when Scotland sealed their victory with a 4-0 on board through Becky Ward.