~ Ropni Kumari, Mumtaz Khan, and Annu netted a goal each for India ~
Santiago, 8th December 2023: The Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team came from behind to defeat Korea 3-1 in the 9th – 12th place qualification match of the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup 2023 played in Santiago, Chile, on Friday. Ropni Kumari (23’), Mumtaz Khan (44’), and Annu (46’) scored goals for India, while Jiyun Choi (19’) was the lone goal scorer for Korea.
In the opening quarter, both teams clashed fiercely in a bid to seize an early advantage. Korea dominated possession and secured the first penalty corner, yet couldn’t capitalize. India, opting for counter-attacks, kept Korea’s defense busy but couldn’t convert their promising entries, resulting in a goalless deadlock by quarter’s end.
Korea, desperate to regain the lead, ramped up their aggression. Despite their fervent efforts, India’s solid defense thwarted Korea’s advances and counter-attacked skillfully, keeping the pressure on Korea’s defensive line. However, no more goals were scored in the second quarter as both teams entered the half-time break with the score levelled at 1-1.
In the third quarter, India dominated the proceedings by keeping the ball possession and troubling Korea’s defense rigorously and the strategy paid dividends as Mumtaz Khan (44’) brilliantly slotted the ball home on a penalty corner to give her team a much-deserving lead. The penultimate quarter ended 2-1 in favour of India.
Riding high on confidence after taking the lead, India intensified their attacks and extended their lead early in the fourth and final quarter of the game as Annu (46’) netted a superb field goal, securing a two-goal advantage for her team. India, despite being ahead, continued to unsettle Korea’s defense, maintaining their momentum and denying any chance of a comeback as the match culminated in a 3-1 victory for India.
The victory means that India, who had earlier bowed out of the title contention after finishing third in the Pool C, will stand a chance to finish ninth in the tournament when they take on either Chile or USA in their last match of the competition on 10th December at 03:45hrs IST.
The matches will be broadcast on Viacom Sports 18 – 3 and Sports 18 – 1 HD, as well as live streamed on JioCinema.
By Hockey India