Women’s Hockey : India ‘A’ beats France ‘A’ 2-0
After losing the opening game against the visiting French women’s “A” hockey team, the hosts India “A” recorded its second successive win in Lucknow on Tuesday to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were helped by local-girl Mumtaz Khan (42nd minute) and Sharmila Devi (60th minute), the duo scoring two well crafted field-goals to give their team another victory in the 4 match series.
The match saw the visitors dominate in the opening minutes, but the Indian defense made sure that it did not allow its opponents to do any damage. The first two quarters, though close, did not produce any goal. It was India that broke the dead-lock in the 42nd minute. Lucknow’s very own young striker Mumtaz Khan registered her name on the score sheet. She produced a very calm finish to a fine move to give her team a 1-0 lead.
The French had several chances in the match, but could not get past India’s goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam. Some reflex saves from the Indian shot-stopper meant that India extended its lead to the last quarter. An eventful last quarter saw both teams vie for a goal but eventually it was India ‘A” that proved successful in its pursuit. It scored another field goal in the last minute of the match to extend its lead to 2-0, and take the third match for a 2-1 lead in the four match series.
India ‘A’ will now play its fourth and last match against France “A” on Wednesday.
– PTC NEWS