India junior men’s team open with 3-1 victory against Dinamo Stroitel in EurAsia Cup

Hockey 26Yekatarinburg, Russia: India’s Junior Men’s team started their EurAsia Cup campaign with an emphatic 3-1 victory against Dinamo Stroitel today.

Despite a quick start to the encounter, neither team looked like breaking the deadlock. India though came closest, with a flurry of penalty corners in the first 15 minutes. Dinamo’s goalkeeper Dryanitsyn Artem kept the effort of the Indian team out of the goals. Dinamo had their own PC a few minutes later but failed to score from it. The two teams went into half time goalless.

The match was attended by the Governor of Yekaterinburg and Indian High Commissioner Mr Pankaj Saran.

India came out stronger in the second half and soon enough started exerting their influence on the game. They scored the opener, after a technical foul in the circle led to them being awarded a stroke in the 44th minute. Varun Kumar made no mistake from the spot to give his team the lead. Simranjeet Singh doubled the lead in the 45th minute, before Vikramjit added a third eight minutes later.

As the game started running away from the host team, they scored a consolation field goal from L Alexander in the 59th minute to reduce the lead to two as India held on strongly to end up 3-1 winners.