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Unbeaten Streak Continues at FIH Hockey Pro League: India Triumphs 4-0 Against Ireland in Rourkela Leg

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The Indian men’s hockey team secured a 4-0 victory against Ireland, concluding the Rourkela leg of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 on a positive note last Sunday. Goals were scored by Nilakanta Sharma (14′), Akashdeep Singh (15′), Gurjant Singh (38′), and Jugraj Singh (60′).

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In the first quarter, Ireland earned a penalty corner and had another opportunity, but India’s goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and the defense thwarted both attempts. With two minutes left in the quarter, India was awarded a penalty corner, and Nilakanta Sharma (14′) took advantage, scoring from the rebound. Akashdeep Singh (15′) added another goal swiftly, securing a 2-0 lead by the end of the quarter, catching Ireland off guard.

In the 41st minute, Ireland secured their fourth penalty corner, yet once again, Amit Rohidas thwarted their efforts to score. Mandeep Singh orchestrated an opportunity for Gurjant Singh (38’) to extend India’s advantage to three goals with an impressive reverse-hit cross in FIH Hockey Pro League. Gurjant Singh executed the play, sliding in to redirect the ball into the net. The quarter ended with India in a 3-0 lead.

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Despite a slight reduction in intensity from both teams in the final quarter, the accuracy of passing remained consistent. The Indian team maintained possession for the majority of the quarter, solidifying their lead. Even when Ireland earned a fifth penalty corner, PR Sreejesh demonstrated exceptional skills, preventing any alteration in the score. In the closing minute of the match, Jugraj Singh (60’) successfully converted a penalty corner, marking the conclusion of the FIH Hockey Pro League Rourkela leg.

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