Preparing for a berth in Olympic Qualifier, visiting Indian women’s hockey team started a training-cum-preparatory tour of South Korea with a convincing 2-1 win over the hosts at Jincheon on Monday. The win was masterminded by striker Lalremsiami and Navneet kaur.
The team backed by good results in its previous engagements in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year exhibited confidence as it made a strong start against the hosts. After missing out on an opportunity to score through a PC early in the first quarter, India converted a splendid field goal through young striker Lalremsiami in the 20th minute. An early 1-0 lead, and good defending by put the visitors in good stead.
The visitors second goal came in the 40th minute when Navneet Kaur struck beautifully that took India’s lead to 2-0. While the hosts won five PCs in the course of the match, including a penalty stroke in the last quarter, it managed to convert only one PC in 48th minute through Shin Hyejeong. It was India’s experienced goalkeeper Savita who made commendable saves to keep her team in lead throughout the match.
Speaking about their performance today, India’s Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said: “Considering this was our first match, I think the result was good but the performance can be better. We tried some new things in the match and it was interesting to see how we handled the change.”
India will play its second match on Wednesday May 22. For the upcoming match, Marijne feels the team must up its technical skills. He said, “We must bring our technical skills to a higher level in order to play faster. That will be one of our priorities for the next match.”