07 Oct 2018

India put 7 past NZ Featured

Former champions India flexed their muscles to sent New Zealand crashing to a 7-1 defeat in their second match at the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.


India, the two-time champions, had little trouble in the match as they controlled play and were able to dictate the proceedings. The Kiwis were lethargic in their moves as their defence crumbled against a fluid Indian attack.

They could have won by a bigger margin had they not missed several easy chances at goal.

In the opening match, the Indians had defeated Malaysia 2-1 while New Zealand had gone down 2-3 to Great Britain.

India top the standing with six points and better goal difference to Japan. Both teams are unbeaten and will meet on Tuesday in a top of the table clash.

The opening goal came in the sixth minute through a field attempt by Prabhjot Singh while Shilanand Lakra made it 2-0 in the 15th minute with a deflection in the D.

In the second quarter, the Indians scored another two goals for a 4-0 first-half lead.

Harmanjit Singh was on target in the 21st minute with a field goal while Mohamed Faraz scored with a drag flick in the 23rd minute off their fourth penalty corner.

Shilanand, Abishek, and Mandeep Mor then added the other three goals in the 43rd, 50th and 60th minutes respectively.

Sam Hiha reduced the deficit for the Kiwis in the 53rd minute.

Indian coach Jude Felix said that he was pleased to have collected full points for both the matches.

“this is the kind of hockey we want to see the boys play. It was a complete game and we need to keep the momentum going. We will continue to take one game at a time and not worry whom we play next. We must improve our game and focus on each match,” he said.

New Zealand coach Colin Bryce said he was disappointed with the defeat and that they made too many mistakes against a better team.

The Indians were a better team and we could not match them. The players are laying a highly competitive match for the first time and it is what we expected.  It is from this kind of games that we need to learn and ensure that the players realise where they stand at the international level,” he said.

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