India bounced back in style from their 0-2 defeat to Japan, thrashing Singapore 9-1 to book a place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Asia Cup hockey championship here on Monday.
By virtue of this win, India sealed a spot in the 2022 FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in Spain and the Netherlands later this year.
In what turned out to be a goal-fest, Gurjit Kaur (8′, 37′, 48′) bagged a hat-trick, Monika (6′, 17′) and Jyoti (43′, 58′) scored a brace, while Vandana Katariya (8′) and Mariana Kujur (10′) contributed a goal each to India’s comprehensive victory. Li Min Toh (43′) scored the only goal for Singapore.
India now take on South Korea in the semi-finals at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Wednesday (Jan 26).
India were quick to get off the blocks in the first quarter, making inroads into Singapore’s circle with a structured attack and dominating the possession throughout the first 15 minutes.
The first goal came through Monika’s clear-cut reverse flick in the 6th minute and in no time India went on to take a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Vandana and Gurjit, who successfully converted a penalty corner in the 8th minute of the match.
In the next minute, the Indians earned their second penalty corner but Deep Grace Ekka’s attempt was saved by Singapore goalkeeper Yu Tong Liu.