Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey: India loses gold medal match to Great Britain

Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey: India loses gold medal match to Great Britain
Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey: India loses gold medal match to Great Britain

Great Britain reasserted its supremacy over India in the Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey Tournament on Saturday. The final virtually turned out to be a repeat of the last pool encounter with Great Britain racing to a convincing  3-2 victory.

It was a fifth win for Great Britain over India in seven encounters between the two nations in the Sultan of Johor Cup tournament. Only yesterday, Great Britain had beaten India 3-2  in the last pool encounter.

Only time India beat Great Britain was in 2014 when the former won 2-1. One encounter had ended in 1-1 draw.

Japan, that had beaten both Austalia and Great Britain in the pool games today went down tamely to Australia, losing 1-6 in the bronze medal game.

The hosts Malaysia took the fifth spot defeating New Zealand 6-3.

The final turned out to be an exciting affair with India taking the lead in the 4th minute when Gursahibjit Singh scored a brilliant field goal after a well-concerted move. Indians did try to maintain control over the game in the first quarter. But the Britons continued to work hard and started building pressure.

Three minutes after conceding the goal, Great Britain shot back through a fine field goal by Daniel West.

The second quarter did not witness any goal. In the third quarter, however, Britons scored twice, within four minutes of each other. Both the goals were the result of excellent thinking and moves by James Oates. The goals came in the 39th and 42nd minute.

Desperate to get back into the game, Indian efforts paid dividends when in the 55th minute Abhishek scored an opportunist goal to make the score 2-3.