Forgettable Day for Indian eves at Hockey World League
The Indian Team came into the match after a defeat against Belgium and were looking to bounce back. Things, however, went out of their hands in the 10th minute itself after Gemma Flynn slotted one in for New Zealand.
Flynn has been in lethal form this tournament and is the top scorer in the Women’s category. The Black sticks then showed some attacking game. The Indian goalkeeper Etimarpu Rajani was put under a lot of pressure afterwards and New Zealand found their second break in the 18th minute.
It was Olivia Merry this time and after a scramble in front of goal, she managed to make it 2-0.
The Indian team were seen struggling afterwards as they failed to sneak past New Zealand’s defense. Liz Thompson earned a green card in the 33rd minute but this was not enough to slow down the Black sticks’ momentum. Gemma Flynn scored the third goal as she marked her second of the game and sixth in the tournament.
India’s hopes of piling a comeback were fading as they wasted the chances they got. These hopes were finally put to bed in the 52nd minute when Kirsten Pearce scored the fourth for New Zealand. Insult to injury followed as Pearce produced a wonderful turn and shot to make it five.
Final Score: Hockey World League
India 0-5 New Zealand
Scorers: New Zealand: Gemma Flynn (10’, 40’), Olivia Merry (18’), Kirsten Pearce (52’,56’)
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