The Indian ladies’s hockey workforce conceded a late purpose in opposition to Argentina ‘B’ to lose their match 2-1.
Sol Pagella (eleventh minute) and Agustina Gorzelany (57) scored for the house workforce whereas younger ahead Salima Tete (54) was the lone goal-scorer for India.
In the earlier matches, the visiting Indians had drawn 2-2 and 1-1 in opposition to the Argentina junior ladies.
“Today we performed in opposition to a stronger Argentina squad consisting a lot of their senior gamers. This was an ideal observe match for us forward of subsequent week’s schedule the place we play in opposition to the senior aspect. Unfortunately, we conceded a penalty nook (PC) purpose minutes earlier than the regulation time and that is what we’d like to handle higher,” stated chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
India started on back-foot with Argentina ‘B’ enjoying powerful, attacking hockey proper from the beginning. Conceding two back-to-back PCs inside six minutes of play and placing strain on the visiting aspect. However, Indian goalkeeper Rajani did properly to save the targets. In the eleventh minute, a fierce circle penetration and a well-timed strike by youthful Sol Pagella although put the house workforce forward by 1-0.
With a robust defence put up by the Argentinian ladies, PCs have been exhausting to come by for India and circle entries have been restricted as properly. Though India managed to earn a PC within the twenty third minute, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s try to equalise was properly saved by the opposition’s goalkeeper.
Argentina earned two extra PCs within the forty third and 51st minutes. But India’s PC defence held sway to make sure the lead was not prolonged additional. In the 54th minute, when India bagged a PC, an alert Salima Tete swiftly struck the ball off a rebound into the goalpost fetching her workforce a much-need equaliser.
The sturdy residence workforce upped its ante within the following minutes with a circle penetration that resulted in a PC. This was the deciding second as an skilled Gorzelany transformed the purpose within the 57th minute to seal the match.