The Indian team started the game on an attacking note and went on to earn their first penalty corner within the first few minutes. Deep Grace Ekka then capitalized from the same and scored a goal in the 4th minute, giving India a 1-0 lead. Japan tried to break the Indian defense afterwards and in the 18th minute, they leveled the score through Yukari Mano.
India once again came on top thanks to Renuka Yadav. Japan was chasing the game afterwards just like they did in the first half and finally found a break in the 57th minute; Ayane Hirahara was the scorer this time. The match was soon pushed into a shootout. However, India managed to convert only two shots when Japan slotted home three to win the match.
Strong Performance from India in the Junior Asia Cup Hockey
Despite the loss, it was an impressive performance from the Indian junior women’s hockey team. They had a great run in the tournament and will be eager to build on the momentum in the coming months. The Asia cup serves as qualification tournament for the FIH Junior World Cup for Women.
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