Agencies, Dublin (Ireland)
Indian Jr Women’s hockey team beat Ireland 2-1 to register their second consecutive win in the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations tournament here.
Laura Foley gave Ireland the lead the 10th minute on Saturday before India scored in the third and fourth quarters through Reet (35th) and Sharmila Devi (53rd)
India stepped up the pressure in the second quarter, but despite a long period of domination they failed to create any clear chances.
Ireland’s resolute defending added to the frustration and in the 26th minute, Chetna was awarded a green card, reducing the team to 10. Despite that, they held on to ensure that the deficit at half time was just the single goal.
India started off stronger in the third quarter, attacking with more intent. Deservedly they won a PC in the 35th minute, and Reet slotted it home to draw her team level. The goal was just the boost the game needed, with both teams now picking up the pace. Despite the action though a lack of clear chances meant, the teams went into the final break level.
A tough fourth quarter awaited both teams, and they didn’t disappoint. Both teams played at a high pace, and seven minutes into the quarter, Ireland won a PC. Bichu Devi’s save from the ensuing drag flick proved to be crucial though. India launched an attack on the break, one that ended with Sharmila Devi slotting home to give India the lead in the 53rd minute.
The hosts pressed hard for an equaliser, and had a couple of PCs soon after. India’s defence and Bichu Devi though stood firm to deny them an equaliser. Despite a nervy ending due to Ishika Chaudhary’s yellow card in the 56th minute, India stood firm and capped off a brilliant performance with a much deserved victory.
The Indian Jr Women’s team will play Scotland in their next match.