Indian Women’s Hockey Team Beats Ireland 3-0 in Spain Tour

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The elated Indian Women Hockey Team. Image Source: Hockey India Twitter

Highlights

Indian Women’s Hockey team showed a breathtaking performance by winning against World cup silver medallists Ireland in their second and final friendly match. They achieved a spectacular score 3-0 to end their Spain tour on a high.

India had drawn the first open friendly match at Murcia in Spain by 1-1 against Ireland on Saturday.

 

Match Details: India vs Ireland

India showed the remarkable attacking potential that stretched the Irish defenders right from the start as the forward line made potential forays into the striking circle.

Navjot Kaur found the first breakthrough for India when she converted a splendid field goal in the 13th minute of the match to help India take lead by 1-0.

In the second quarter, Ireland got a penalty corner opportunity when India committed a foul but it was well-saved by India’s defence.

In the 26th minute, a timely assist by the experienced Deep Grace Ekka helped Reena Khokar double India’s lead to 2-0 ahead of the 10-minute half-time break.

India continued to play well but gave away a penalty corner again to Ireland,  minutes before the third quarter. But India’s strong defensive skills turned this opportunity into a vain for the Irish.

The final quarter saw India set up a powerful attack. They were awarded a PC which was well-converted by Gurjit Kaur who was the highest goal scorer for India in this Tour.

An elated chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team

“I am proud of the team because playing six matches in nine days can be very difficult and the last two matches we have played without our skipper Rani who has a shoulder strain,” said an elated Sjoerd Marijne, Chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team.

“Today we were particularly good as we controlled the whole match and had them in our circle only six times. We have played a good structure, with good disciplined hockey.”

“One of the things we have improved in this tour is personal leadership and taking responsibility. I am not only seeing the score, it’s good to win 3-0 but I am happy with individual performances”, he concluded.

Earlier, India had levelled the four-match series against hosts Spain. By winning gloriously against the World cup silver medallists Ireland, the Indian team has proved that it is one of the strongest women’s hockey team across the world.

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