India has a disappointing start at Women’s Hockey World Cup, looks to bounce back in clash against Ireland
The Indian Women’s Hockey team certainly has a mountain to climb at the ongoing Women’s Hockey World Cup, as they face off with an invigorated Irish side today after a disappointing 1-1 draw with England in their first match.
Ranked World no. 10, India had a great chance to defeat World no. 2 England in their opening match at the Women’s Hockey World Cup happening in London, UK when they scored the opening goal in the 25th minute. Netted by spirited midfielder Neha Goyal, it was an expert flick from the flanks that beat the English goalkeeper. After this, India knew that they couldn’t concede and resolved to up their defensive game. This tactic worked only until the 53rd minute though, when the hosts equalised after converting a penalty corner into a skillful goal, denying India the win and dividing the points equally.
India now face off with the lowest ranked team of the tournament, Ireland, but winning against them too will not be easy, taking into consideration Ireland’s performance in their opening match. In their opening match, they were up against World no. 7 USA, and everybody expected the Americans to win. But what followed in those 60 minutes was baffling. Ireland managed to score 3 stunning goals and the Americans could only manage to put one in, serving them a humiliating 3-1 defeat.
The Indian eves, led by captain Rani Rampal and coach Sjoerd Marijne need to bring their A-games to this clash, as this match will decide whether or not they proceed to the knockout stages of this Women’s Hockey World Cup.