India’s junior men’s hockey team beat Scotland 5-1 in their second encounter at the Bisham Abbey Sports Centre today. India had defeated Scotland senior 2-1 in their first match on the tour on Friday at the same venue.
Despite a quick beginning by the opponents, India weathered an early storm, defending a PC smartly in the opening minutes before winning one of their own off a counter attack. Parvinder saw a chance go amiss and Varun Kumar shot wide from a PC soon after.
India started controlling the game with much more determination as the quarter wore down and took the lead off a goal by Ajay Yadav. With the hooter for the quarter very close, Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera pulled off two smart saves, to deny Scotland the equaliser heading into the first break.
The saves were to prove crucial as India came out quicker in the second quarter, creating a flurry of chances in the opening exchanges. Yadav capitalised on some slack Scotland defending to extend India’s lead to 2-0 heading into half time.
India won a stroke early in the third quarter and Varun Kumar made no mistake from the spot firing India into a 3 goal lead. Desperate to reduce the scoreline, and the threat of a blowout imminent, Scotland started pushing forward in numbers and holding the ball in the midfield. India’s defence held strong though and the scoreline remained 3-0 heading into the final break.
The trend continued in the final quarter. Scotland played the ball forward as India looked to capitalise on the counter. A couple of quick PCs were smartly denied by Suraj in India’s
Scotland’s William Marshall scored a goal in the dying minutes, but it proved to be little consolation as India ran out 5-1 winners to record their second victory of the tour.
Report Courtesy : © Hockey India media
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