Scotland, 1 August 2014: India defeated the host nation Scotland by 2-1 to finish at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in women’s competition, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th placing match.
Malaysia defeated Canada 3-0 on shoot-out after having scores tied at 2-2 at the time full-time hooter, while Wales defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 4-0 to avoid wooden spoon.
Playing for the 5th position, the Indian eves yet again proved they are a promising team who one should look out for in the near future. While their first half was a showcase of great defense along with counter attacking, it was only in the second half that the Indian forwards finally scored and won the match leaving dents in the opponent’s semi circle.
Scotland managed more shots to secure two penalty corners in the initial stages of the game but failed to get past the Indian goalkeeper Savita on both the occasions. A good defense was evident by the Indian eves as they successfully disappointed Scotland on all occasions during the entire first half leaving them scoreless. India on its behalf even managed to keep the opponents defense busy with a good and sound attack but were unable to cash on the opportunities. Post a tough clash, both teams failed to open their respective accounts and ended the first half with a 0-0 on board.
With a winning determination, the Indian girls started the second half by immediately setting off their attack on the opponents. During a penalty corner opportunity in the 42nd minute of the game, with India’s Jaspreet Kaur’s effort only to be saved by the Scottish goalie Gibson. The Indian efforts finally showed a result when Anupa Barla sneaked in a field goal in the 53rd minute of the game and took the lead on the game by 1-0. It was quickly followed by a penalty corner conversion by Scotland’s N. Kidd in the 55th minute, equalized the score at 1-1. However, Scotland’s joy was short lived as the India took the lead back in the 57th with Poonam Rani striking another field goal and marking 2-1 as the final score of the match.
The final scores stood at 2-1 depicting a fifth place finish for the Indian Women’s Hockey Team in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.