Indian junior hockey team will look to keep its unbeaten streak when they face China in the final Pool A match on 17th November 2015. India has already registered victories over Japan and hosts Malaysia in the group so far.
India win nine goal thriller in Junior Asia Cup
Playing against the hosts is always a difficult encounter. The Indian youngsters faced Malaysia in their second group encounter and what resulted was a pure bliss for hockey fans.
The Indian team was left in shock with an opening minute goal from the hosts and India took its time to reorganise their attack and succeeded in putting the equaliser through the efforts of forward Mandeep Singh. However, the scoreboard went in favour of the hosts before half-time and India trailed 2-1.
The second half witnessed some breath-taking moments in the game as Gurjant Singh levelled the scores early in the half. And another brace from Harmanpreet Singh gave India the crucial lead while Mandeep added another goal to take a comfortable three-goal cushion for India. The hosts upped their game having gone 5-2 down. The dying minutes of the game saw Malaysia almost making the comeback of the tournament. However, they fell a goal short and eventually lost the game 5-4.
India will play China next
A no loss record is undoubtedly helpful ahead of progressing into the knockout stages of the tournament. Talking about the preparations coach Harendra Singh said, “The one day rest has helped us to analyse our performance in the tournament and look back at the areas of concern. We have trained hard and tried to fill up the gaps in the defence so that we can play a tighter game. We will be hoping for a much more balanced performance in the match against China.”