Hockey : India ‘A’ women’s lose 0-1 to France ‘A’ in first match
Indian junior women’s hockey team donning the colours of India A went down fighting by a solitary second half goal to visiting French A women’s hockey team in Lucknow on Friday. The all important goal of the game was scored by Ines Lardeur in the 37th minute. The game witnessed some good hockey. The decisive goal came from a penalty corner.
In an exciting match that provided both the team sufficient opportunities to score, it was the defence that was on test. Defenders of both the team put up an excellent show not allowing the forwards to convert their chances on multiple occasions. The first two quarters saw both the teams running through a rusty start as neither could find the back of the net even though they had a few opportunities.
India ‘A’ team, consisting of players from the Indian development women’s core group, and a few youngsters who have recently represented the Indian women’s team, found it difficult to produce a clear goal-scoring opportunity. While, on the other hand, the visitors utilised their opportunity in the 37th minute when they were awarded a penalty corner. It was the 22-year-old Ines Lardeur who produced a calm finish to give her team an important lead in the match.
The hosts, led by Salima Tete and her deputy Lalremsiami, tried to make inroads into the French defence, but could not find an equalizer as the visitors defended their one-goal lead to register a win in the first match of the tour.
India ‘A’ will play its second match against on February 10 at the Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.