FIH Girls's Junior World Cup: India defeats Wales in Pool D opener

Published:Mar 9, 202414:53
FIH Girls's Junior World Cup: India defeats Wales in Pool D opener

The Indian girls's hockey workforce began its marketing campaign within the FIH Junior World Cup on a convincing notice, thrashing Wales 5-1 in its opening pool match on Saturday.

The Indians scored by way of area efforts from Lalremsiami (4th minute), Lalrindiki (thirty second) and Mumtaz Khan (forty first) earlier than Lalrindiki (57th) and Deepika (58th) transformed two late penalty corners for the winners.

Wales' lone purpose was scored by Millie Holme within the twenty sixth minute from a area strike.

The Indians began on a vibrant notice and secured an early penalty nook however Deepika's drag-flick was saved by the Welsh goalkeeper.

However India have been to not be denied for lengthy as they took the lead within the fourth minute when Lalremsiami deflected in Sangita Kumari's shot in direction of the purpose.

Wales additionally examined the Indian defence early on however did not get previous agile custodian Bichu Devi.

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Wales drew parity within the second quarter by way of Holme as each the groups went into the midway break at 1-1.

Wales began aggressively after the change of ends but it surely was India who restored their lead two minutes into the third quarter by way of a area purpose by Lalrindiki.

The Indians saved up the stress and prolonged their lead within the forty first minute by way of one other area strike from Mumtaz.

From there on the Indians utterly dominated the proceedings because the Wales defence discovered it tough to cease their rivals' constant forays.

India skipper Salima Tete was sensible in creating probabilities for her aspect together with her dribbling abilities and sideways runs.

Tete secured a number of penalty corners for India within the fourth quarter however the alternatives went in useless.

With three minutes left on the clock, Deepika earned a penalty nook and Larindiki was on the proper place to attain from a rebound and make it 4-1 in favour of India.

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A minute later, it was Larindiki's flip to safe one other penalty nook for India and Deepika executed her job completely to position her dragflcik to the left of the Wales custodian.

India will play formidable Germany on Sunday of their second Pool D match.

The Indians will then tackle Malaysia within the last pool match earlier than the quarterfinal spherical which begins on April 8.

The quadrennial event, which was initially scheduled for final December, was postponed as a result of menace posed by the omicron variant of COVID-19 in South Africa.

India, who've appeared in 4 editions of the junior international occasion, claimed their greatest end in 2013 with a bronze. The workforce didn't qualify for the final version of the event.

Ultimate rating:

India 5 Lalremsiami (4'), Lalrindiki (32', 57'), Mumtaz Khan (41'), Deepika (58') - Wales 1 Milli Holme (26')

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