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India rout Singapore 10-0 in Women’s Asia Cup hockey opener

Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Rani scored a brace as India defeated Singapore 10-0 in the opening match of Women’s Asia Cup

other-sports Updated: Oct 28, 2017 16:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rani (left) scored a brace for India against Singapore in the opening match of Women’s Asia Cup
Rani (left) scored a brace for India against Singapore in the opening match of Women’s Asia Cup(Hockey India)

Indian Women’s hockey team got off to a roaring start at the Women’s Asia Cup in Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday, defeating Singapore 10-0 in a Pool A match.

Navneet Kaur (3’ and 41’), Rani (15’ and 18’), Lalremsiami (18’), Deep Grace Ekka (25’), Navjot Kaur (30’ and 50’), Gurjit Kaur (41’) and Sonika (45’) were the goal-scorers for India.

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India began with positive intent, attacking Singapore’s circle constantly. The effort worked as the team won back-to-back PCs in the first quarter. Though the first PC was saved by Singapore goalkeeper Felissa Lai, it hardly dented India’s spirit as they were precise in their counter. It was Navneet and Rani’s goals in the third and 15th minute that gave India a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.

India continued their good run in the second quarter as they added four more goals to their lead via Lalremsiami, Rani, Deep Grace Ekka and Navjot to go into the 10-minute half-time break with an imposing 6-0 lead.

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After Grace scored off a PC in the 25th minute, dragflicker Gurjit Kaur was fierce in her strike to score India’s 7th goal through a PC in the 41st minute. India stayed resolute as they continued to put pressure on Singapore defense pumping two more goals in the third quarter through Navneet Kaur and Sonika in the 41st and 45th minute respectively.

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The final 15 minutes saw India win back-to-back PCs. But Singapore defense averted conceding further goals however, a quick-thinking Navjot scored a field goal in the 50th minute to earn her team a 10-0 lead. India’s defense stayed strong through the match as they ended the match without conceding a single goal. Earlier in the day, China beat Malaysia 5-4 in a closely fought encounter.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 14:41 IST