Vastavam web: The Indian women’s hockey team edged past Korea 3-2 in an absorbing contest to grab a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, here today.The South Koreans came from behind twice in the match but India had the last laugh by keeping their nerve.Goals for India were scored by Poonam Rani (6th minute), skipper Rani (27th minute) and Gurjit Kaur (32nd minute) while Yurim Lee (10th) and Jungeun Seo (31st) scored for the hosts.South Korea also had chances in the first quarter and were awarded two Penalty Corners. They made a comeback match by converting the first one through Yurim Lee.
The hosts could have taken the lead in the later stages of the first quarter but India defended well to save the second PC as the teams ended the first period locked at a goal apiece.The second quarter saw South Korea start off with back-to-back Penalty Corners to put India under pressure.The teams went into half-time with India leading by a single goal, but with South Korea having better chances in the opening half-hour.
India did not start the third quarter well as in the 31st minute, Seo scored a field goal to equalise for the second time in the match.However, India’s forwards produced some precise passing to win a Penalty Corner in the 32nd minute which was well-converted by Gurjit Kaur.It was an important last quarter in the context of the match as South Korea looked to find the equaliser while the visitors looked to hold on to the lead.
The hosts tried to win back possession quickly and played some aggressive hockey in the final quarter but the Indian defence stood tall.In the final few minutes, the hosts played with 11 outfield players, but India’s grit and determination helped them secure a second consecutive victory in the series.