The 50th international game for Lalremsiami did not bring luck to her Indian team as it lost its third Test match to Korea 0-4 in Jincheon on Friday. The defeat, first in three games, brought to an end the three Test series that India planned as a part of its preparation for the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima next month.
The Indian defence was under pressure right from the start as the hosts made successful forays into the striking circle. The Koreans earned as many as five PCs in the match and converted only one in the 29th minute. Jang Heesan was the one to score. After conceding the penalty corner goal, Indian team conceded back-to-back goals in the 41st minute through Kim Hyunji and Kang Jina. The 0-3 lead dented India’s comeback into the match while Lee Yuri’s goal in the 53rd minute sealed the match for the hosts.
“The learning process is always with ups and downs and today was one such experience where we had to deal with setbacks early on and could not recover. But this does not mean we won’t learn from this experience,” stated Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne after the match.
He further added, “Korea is a good team and today it played much better than us. But I am happy with our performances in the first two matches. And now we know what we must improve to be fully prepared for the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019.”
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