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FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup : New Zealand becomes first team in pool C to record a win

New Zealand moved a step closer to the knockout round of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup at Amstelveen on Tuesday.

New Zealand moved a step closer to the knockout round of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup at Amstelveen on Tuesday. The Kiwis recorded the first win of pool C defeating England 3-1 in an absorbing encounter. The remaining three matches in the pool failed to produce any result.

It was a crucial game as both England and New Zealand had figured in drawn opening games.

England started very well taking the lead in the fourth minute. Lily Owley of England made no mistake with the first penalty corner award as she found the target with a deceptive powerful flick. Once in the lead, the English girls managed to maintain the lead for the rest of the first quarter.

It was in the second quarter that New Zealand, making a return to international competitive hockey outside the Australasia continent, stormed back into the game. Katie Doar, one of brilliant forwards in the tournament, was working out good moves from the beginning. Her continuous efforts got rewarded in the 29th minute when from one of her immaculate moves she hoisted the first goal for her team to bring the teams at par.

Katie continued her good work even after the teams had changed ends. Nine minutes into the second half, she surprised the English defence with another beauty, a culmination of a well worked out move, to put New Zealand ahead.

New Zealand not only defended its fort and the 2-1 lead till the 51st minute but also added yet another goal through a penalty corner conversion by Taryn Davey. Incidentally it was the only penalty corner earned by New Zealand in the game. England had four penalty corners of which the first award produced its only goal.

 

Prabhjot Singh

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