The Indian women’s hockey squad marked another stellar achievement to their name as they clinched the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy title with a superb 4-0 victory over Japan in the final at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda hockey stadium in Ranchi on Sunday.
India went into the offensive right from the start and within just 15 minutes, Vandana Katariya attempted to open up the scoreboard as she found her entry into the Japanese back line from the left wing but had none to pass. However just two minutes later, Monika found Baljeet Kaur who passed to Sangita Kumari on the right, who put the team into the lead.
The Japanese started their counterattack and by the 21st century, they nearly found their equalizer as Shiho Kobayakawa beat three Indian defenders to nearly put one in for them, only before missing the chance as the shot hit an Indian player. The hosts doubled their lead in the 46th minute, courtesy of Neha deflecting a penalty corner from Deep Grace.
Japan found another opportunity with a penalty stroke in the 52nd minutes, and Savita once again came to the rescue, deflecting the shot with her left leg. Lalmremsiami scored the third for India from another Deep Grace penalty corner in the 57th minute, with Vandana scoring the final goal three minutes later, courtesy of a diving pass from Tete.
Final Result: India 4-0 Japan (Sangita Kumari, Neha, Lalremsiami, Vandana)