The Indian junior men’s hockey team finished second in the Sultan Johor Cup Hockey Tournament after losing in the final to Great Britain.
Nail-biting finish at the Sultan Johor Cup
India and Britain were engaged in a nail-biting final at the Sultan Johor Cup. Indians started off on the back foot as Britain went one goal up in the fifth minute. However, the match took a turn when India leveled through Harmanpreet Singh in the 12th minute.
Both teams exchanged attacks through the remaining portion of the first half but failed to break the deadlock. India took the lead for the first time in the match just minutes after the second half started. The goal came from the stick of Gurgant Singh.
Great Britain was in no mood to stay behind and immediately pulled one back through Jack Turner. The action was hectic and went to and fro till the final whistle pushed the final to a penalty shootout. Britain showed some great nerves in the shootout and scored four goals compared to the three of India to take home the championship in highly dramatic fashion.
“It’s hard to miss out on the title from somewhere as close as this, but it’s a game and this defeat today will only help us learn from our mistakes for the future. I am completely satisfied with the boys’ performance and I couldn’t have asked for more from them,” said the Indian Coach Harendra Singh after the match.
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