India women’s team suffers loss to England in Hockey World League Semi-final quarters

By: Express Web Desk | Johannesburg |

Updated: July 19, 2017 1:18 am

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In what was a chance to make a big statement, India women’s team suffered a big loss. The team played England in the quarter-final of Women’s Hockey World League Semi-final and lost 4-1 in Johannesburg. The lone goal from the Indian side was scored by drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur in the 57th minute, well after India were sure of a loss.

The loss to England means that India will now play for the 5-8th classification on Thursday. England scored their four goals through Giselle Ansley, Alex Danson, Susannah Townsend and Hannah Martin in the sixth, 13th, 42nd and 60th minute respectively.

India were put under pressure in the first quarter itself as England won bac-to-back penalty corners which ended in a penalty stroke for them. India defended the penalty corner but Deep Grace Ekka’s obstruction on the shot awarded the stroke to England which was converted by Ansley. Alex Danson extended the lead in the 13th minute.

The second quarter was better from India as they won a penalty corner in the 16th minute when Lilima Minz on the counter attack found England defender’s foot in the circle. But, Anupa Barla missed the deflection off Rani’s flick by inches.

India’s second penalty corner in the 28th minute was played in the same routine and Anupa got the deflection as well but it went over. The scoreline remained 2-0 in England’s favour at half-time.

Susannah Townsend made the score 3-0 for England as India committed an error in the defence. India did have their opportunities in the quarter but failed to convert.

The fourth quarter saw more attacking hockey from India but they still could not get the goal. In the 57th minute of the match, India got a referral and a penalty corner which Gurjit converted beating England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch.

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