Hockey: India beat New Zealand 4-1 in 3-Nations women’s junior tournament
NEW DELHI : Indian junior women’s hockey team secured a 4-1 win over New Zealand in its third match of the 3-Nations Tournament including India, Australia and New Zealand at Canberra in Australia today.
India came from a goal down after Olivia Shannon (4′) gave New Zealand 1-0 lead. It was Sharmila Devi (12′, 43′), Beauty Dungdung (27′) and Lalrindiki (48′) who scored the goals for India.
Sharmila Devi did two goals at 12th and 43rd minutes of game. Beauty Dungdung at 27th and Lalrindiki 48th minutes scored the goals for India in their impressive victory. In the start of game, India conceded a Penalty Corner in the 4th minute, and New Zealand scored through Olivia to make it 1-0 in their favour.
India will face hosts Australia in their fourth and final match tomorrow.
In a shaky start to the match, India conceded a Penalty Corner in the 4th minute, and New Zealand converted it through Shannon for an early lead. India tried to fightback inside the first quarter, and were successful in finding the equalizer when Sharmila finished off a crisp team-move to make it 1-1 in the 12th minute.
New Zealand did have a Penalty Corner at the stroke of the half-time break, but India’s Bichu Devi Kharibam made a decent save to ensure India retained their 2-1 lead. The start of the third quarter was slightly slower for both the teams as they tried to implement different strategies.
Bichu was called into action again in the 40th minute, but she made a diving save to deny New Zealand. Three minutes later, it was India’s chance to break away on the counter which saw Sharmila score her second field goal to extend India’s lead to 3-1.
In the 48th minute, India won themselves yet another Penalty Corner, and the resulting execution saw young Forward Lalrindiki score past New Zealand’s goalie Kelly Carline to make it 4-1, and seal the deal. The Indian Junior Women’s Hockey team will play their fourth and final match of the 3-Nations Tournament on Sunday.
(With Inputs from Agencies).