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Dublin Hockey: India beats United States 4-1 in 5-Nations Tournament

Annu (49', 52'), Nikita Toppo (48') and Vaishnavi Phalke (58’) score for India.

Indian Junior women’s hockey team continued its winning spree in the Uniphar 5-nations tournament at Dublin defeating the United States 4-1 for its third win in four games. India had played to a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands and won the other two remaining games against Ireland and Ukraine.

Annu (49′, 52′), Nikita Toppo (48′) and Vaishnavi Phalke (58’)  were scorers for India while Hannah Miller (46’)  reduced the margin for the US.

The Indian girls start on an offensive note earning their first penalty corner of the game within the first 10 minutes. Although it didn’t materialize, India made its intentions clear as it tried to attack early in the game to grab the lead.

Despite their best efforts, neither India nor the United States was able to break the deadlock as the first quarter came to an end.

India took charge early in the second quarter and was rewarded for its efforts when it earned its second penalty corner. However, the United States’ defence held firm and prevented India from converting it.

The USA mounted a counter-attack, which resulted in its first penalty corner of the game, but it did not produce a result, forcing both teams to enter the halftime break with no advantage.

Similar to the first and second quarters of the game, India and the United States fought it out to control the pace of the game in the third quarter without producing any clear opportunities. However, the Indian team nearly broke the goalless deadlock as it  got  yet another penalty corner. Once again the award went to waste.

The US team upped its attacking as the fourth quarter began in pursuit of its first goal. The efforts  paid off as she managed a penalty corner from which Hannah Miller scored the game’s first goal to put the US ahead. However, India did not have to wait long for an equalizer, as Nikita Toppo levelled the game in the 48th minute. A minute later, Annu added another goal to give India the lead. After that, India did not look back as it earned three back-to-back penalty corners. The game moved further away from the USA when Annu scored her second goal in the 52nd minute. The United States had an opportunity to close the gap  with a penalty corner but lost the opportunity. Vaishnavi Phalke scored the final goal of the match in the 58th minute to give India 4-1 win.

Prabhjot Singh
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