Sultan of Johor Cup 2018: India lose to Great Britain but reach final

first_imgIndia secured a spot in the final of 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 despite suffering their first defeat of the competition 2-3 against Great Britain on Friday.India will face Great Britain once again in the final on Saturday in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.India made it to the final of the competition at the back of four straight wins in the Round Robin stage, where they defeated Malaysia 2-1, thrashed New Zealand 7-1, edged out Japan 1-0 and beat Australia 5-4.India qualified for the final with 12 points while Great Britain had 10 points, having won three of their five matches.FT. The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team are defeated at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 as Great Britain’s goal late in the proceedings was enough to hand the team their first loss of the competition on 12th October.#IndiaKaGame India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 12, 2018On Friday, the Indian team led by Mandeep Mor made a strong start making repeated forays into the striking circle. The tactic fetched them two back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute and Vishnukant Singh converted the second attempt after a good variation.But the following minute Britain scored a brilliant field goal through Cameron Golden to equalise 1-1.In the second quarter too, India continued to keep up the momentum stretching Great Britain’s defence. While the first penalty corner went amiss, the second was well struck by Shilanand Lakra in the 20th minute which was handy work of good variation and deflection that helped them take a 2-1 lead.advertisementThe third quarter belonged to Britain as they tested the Indian defence. Defensive errors in the circle on India’s part saw them give away back to back penalty corners. Britain did not miss this opportunity as they scored in the 39th minute through Stuart Rushmere.The English put the Indian defence under pressure in the final quarter as they found ways to create chances in the circle.A penalty corner earned in the 51st minute saw them convert their third goal through Captain Edward Way and eventually defended the score-line to hand the Indians their first loss in the tournament.(With IANS inputs)last_img

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