The Indian junior males’s hockey staff got here from behind to clinch a 3-1 win in opposition to Japan of their second Pool A sport on the Males’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 in Salalah, Oman on Thursday. Araijeet Singh Hundal (36’), Sharda Nand Tiwari (39’) and Uttam Singh (56’) scored one purpose every for the Indian Junior Males’s Hockey Workforce whereas Kumpei Yasuda (19’) discovered the again of the web for Japan. This was India’s second win in as many video games on the Males’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 to date.
The Indian junior males’s hockey staff had been on the assault from the get-go and had been eager on touchdown the primary blow in opposition to Japan. Nevertheless, Japan held on within the early exchanges, preserving the Indian attackers at bay. Nonetheless, quickly after the halfway mark, the Indian Colts began to create extra probabilities with Sudeep Chirmako making the opposition goalie work. Japan nearly opened the scoring late within the quarter on the different finish, however India stood agency, with the groups going into the break locked at 0-0.
Early within the subsequent section, it was Japan who broke the impasse, in opposition to the run of play, as Kumpei Yasuda (19’) slotted it previous the goalkeeper by the left. Understandably eager to get an equaliser, the Indian Junior Males’s Hockey Workforce upped their ante, working extra on the Japanese defenders, and placing them underneath strain. Nevertheless, the Japanese at all times discovered a method to preserve their opponents out, with the goalkeeper doing nicely to maintain Uttam Singh-led India from turning the sport round. On the half-time break, Japan led 1-0.
After the interval, it was Japan who began out the higher staff, preserving India in their very own half for fairly a bit. Nevertheless, India rallied again, scoring the equaliser quickly after as Araijeet Singh Hundal (36’) rifled it residence from the left. With their tails up, India went on the offensive, and received a collection of penalty corners, the final of which helped them storm into the lead as Sharda Nand Tiwari (39’) powered it into the highest nook. With one quarter to go, India led 2-1.
Within the ultimate quarter, the India began out on the entrance foot, keen so as to add to their benefit. Eleven minutes in, India received a penalty nook, and Captain Uttam Singh (56’) scored to present his facet a two-goal cushion. Japan regarded to counterpunch rapidly, nonetheless, India’s defenders actually put their our bodies on the road, and finally noticed out the competition with a 3-1 scoreline.
The Indian Males’s Hockey Workforce will play Pakistan on Could 27 earlier than taking up Thailand of their final pool sport on Could 28.