Post a big win (13-0) over DPR Korea yesterday, India Junior Women Hockey team today scored a dozen past Singapore in their second encounter at the 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup. In the other match of the day, China defeated DPR Korea by 11-0.
Riding on the momentum from the last game, India adopted aggressive approach right from the first minute of the game. Singapore started the game on a cautious note and tried keeping the possession, but Indians with their experience went on the attack, piercing through their defense.
Indian eves kept on pressing for goal in the initial stage of the game and finally won a PC in their favor in the 6th minute but unfortunately for India, Jaspreet Kaur played the ball wide of the post. After a series of attacks in the early stage, Punam Balra finally broke the shackles in the 6th minute to give India 1-0 lead. Singpore post the first goal by India tried to test Indian defense from the right flank, but a composed Indian defense denied them any opportunity to open their account. In the 10th minute, Captain Rani Rampal pushed a cross towards Anupa Balra who helped double the lead for her team taking the scoreboard to 2-0 in their favor. India kept on its attacking spree and scored the third goal in 15th minute which was beautifully converted by Preeti Dubey as she was bang on target to find the nets of Singapore goal post. In the 25th minute, India with a penalty corner opportunity saw Jaspreet Kaur give India a 4-0 lead over Singapore in the first half and which was the scoreline at the end of the first session of play.
In the second half India showed the same intensity. India gained a PC in the 49th minute and Lily Mayebgbam was too good for the Singapore goalie as the scorecard ticked to 5-0. Indian team took its tally to 6 goals with the help of Gurjit Kaur’s effort in 52nd minute and which was followed by Lilima Minz 7th goal in 59th minute. Indian Junior eves scored 5 more goals in 61st, 64th, 65th, 68th & 70th minutes respectively to give a comfortable 12-0 win over Singapore.
The 7th Women’s Junior Asia cup 2015 is a qualification tournament for the FIH Junior World cup (women) 2016. India’s next clash will be against China on 9th September at 04:45 pm IST.