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Indian junior women's team begin Europe tour with 2-0 win over Dutch club

Hina Bano and Kanika Siwach etched their names on the scoresheet to secure the victory for India.

Indian junior womens team begin Europe tour with 2-0 win over Dutch club
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Hina Bano scored the opening goal for the Indian junior women's team against the Netherlands club. (Photo credit: Hockey India)

By

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 22 May 2024 5:56 AM GMT

The Indian junior women's hockey team began their tour of Europe with a convincing 2-0 victory over the Dutch club Bredase Hockey Vereniging Push in Breda, the Netherlands.

Hina Bano and Kanika Siwach etched their names on the scoresheet to secure the victory for India.

Despite both teams finding opportunities through penalty corners, a goalless first quarter unfolded.

While India were eager to take the lead and begin their campaign on a positive note, the opening goal evaded them. Similarly, India were unavailable to convert either of their three penalty corners in the second quarter as well.

The deadlock was finally broken in the third quarter, when a crucial penalty corner for India resulted in a goal from Hina Bano, bringing the scoreline to 1-0.

Bredase Hockey Vereniging Push aggressively pursued the equaliser, but their inability to convert any of their three penalty corners in the third quarter kept them trailing.

In the fourth and final quarter, the Indian girls triumphed against the Dutch club, as Kanika Siwach found the back of the net to double India’s lead.

The Indian defensive unit did well to maintain their clean sheet in the final few minutes of the match and ensured the victory.

The Indian junior women's team will play their next match against Belgium in Breda, Netherlands on May 22.

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