Indian women proved their supremacy in the hockey world once again by winning the 4-match series against French women’s hockey team.
The much awaited fourth and final match of the series was the result deciding match as either it would be a win for India or a tie between the two teams.
In the fourth and final match of the series, the Indian team – India ‘A’ defeated the visitor team – France ‘A’ by two goals to nil and claimed the series by 3-1.
In each half of the match, Indians scored one goal without any reply.
The players who secured the two quick goals were Jyoti (26th minute) and Gagandeep Kaur (32nd minute). These youngsters have helped the team wrap up a comfortable win.
The only round visitors won was the opening round of the series 1-0. But Indian team triumphed in all three following matches 3-2,2-0 and 2-0.
In the last match, India ‘A’ had shown their brilliant attacking skills and strategies in the first two quarters, and secured a goal in the 26th minute when 19 year old Jyoti found herself at the end of a great team move, the forward placing the ball into the back of the net to give her team the advantage.
With the team’s first goal in the 26th minute, the pressure developed on them by the French was blowing away. They could not secure a single goal in the first quarter which is why this goal was important. The team went on their half time break with a much needed 1-0 lead.
Young gun Mumtaz Khan who helped the Junior Women’s Hockey Team win Silver at Youth Olympics 2018 was an all-out performer in the India ‘A’ v France ‘A’ campaign netting 2 goals to power India to win the series 3-1. She was adjudged the highest goal scorer.#IndiaKaGame #INDvFRA pic.twitter.com/7y212Pt55U
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The home team seemed much more motivated and vitalized after the half time talk with their coach Baljeet Singh. They dominated the opening few minutes of the third quarter as well.
With a penalty corner awarded to the hosts, it was 19-year-old Gagandeep Kaur who stepped up to increase India’s lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute.
The great defensive abilities by the Indian team was awarded for keeping the visitors off the target and defending its lines well throughout the last two quarters.
The French tried their best for a comeback and got some chances too, but could not find the opening that they required.
Therefore, India ‘A’ held on to the lead till the end with its excellent defensive and attacking efficiency.