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Indian women continue winning run in U-21 hockey tourney

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Mumtaz Khan (36′) and Gagandeep Kaur (51′) scored the goals for India

New Delhi: Indian women continued their winning streak in the Cantor Fitzgerald U-21 International 4-Nations hockey tournament with a 2-1 drubbing of Scotland, in Dublin, on Monday.

The first quarter started at a good pace with India looking to maintain their perfect start to the tournament. The India Jr women won the first Penalty Corner (PC) of the match, but Scotland custodian Amber Murray saved the drag flick to keep the scoreboard blank.

Minutes later the routine reversed, this time Scotland won the PC. Khushboo, starting in the goals instead of Bichu Devi, denied the opposition team. In the second quarter, India kept the lead and again won the first PC of the period. Murray stood tall to ensure Scotland’s goal wasn’t breached. The teams went into half-time locked at 0-0.

India’s second half performances in the tournament had been quite revealing. Out of the four goals India scored in the tournament, three of them came in the third and fourth quarters. Scotland were the ones who pushed the pace at the start of the third quarter and had a Penalty Corner early.

India’s defence, including Khushboo in the goal, stood strong to deny them an opener. They struck back hard, and in the 36th minute Mumtaz opened the scoring to give them the lead. It was a lead they held as they went into the final break.

In the final quarter, India won back-to-back PCs. Though Murray and Scotland’s defence pulled off remarkable saves to keep Scotland in the game.  Soon, Scotland found their equaliser, Margery Justice scoring in the 50th minute to draw them level.

India won themselves a PC and Gagandeep Kaur converted the chance to snatch back India’s lead.

The Indian Jr Women’s hockey team qualified for the finals of the tournament to be played on June 4.