FIH Ladies’s Junior World Cup: India defeats Wales in Pool D opener

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

The Indians scored by way of discipline 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 objective was scored by Millie Holme within the twenty sixth minute from a discipline strike.

The Indians began on a vivid 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 the direction of the objective.

Wales additionally examined the Indian defence early on however didn’t 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 however it was India who restored their lead two minutes into the third quarter by way of a discipline objective by Lalrindiki.

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

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

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

Tete secured a couple 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 staff 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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