India women’s unbeaten streak halted by Great Britain

The Olympic champions beat the Indian women’s team 3-1 in their fourth match of the tour.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

The Indian women’s hockey team’s unbeaten run on their tour of England came to an end after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Great Britain on Wednesday. The Indians had so far won one and drawn the other two games on this tour.

Hannah Martin gave the hosts the lead before Neha Goyal equalised for India.

But goals from Charlotte Watson and Giselle Ansley handed the Indians their first loss on the tour.

On the money

In a fast-paced start to the game, Great Britain opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

India’s goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu, who started in place of first-choice Savita, was beaten by a Martin hit inside the striking area.

Indian goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu produced a few fine saves to deny Great Britain for large parts of the opening half. Image courtesy: Hockey India

Quick strike

Returning after the quarter break, the Indians opted for some quick one-touch hockey that paid dividends, as Goyal scored a fine goal just three minutes into the second period.

Spurred on by the goal, the Indians continued to ask questions, but the British backline and their shot-stopper Maddie Hinch were up to the task.

A minute before the half-time hooter, Great Britain retook the lead. This time it was Charlotte Watson who got past the Indian defence to hand her side the lead in the game for the second time.

Desperate measures

Trailing by a goal for the most part of the second half, the Indians tried to play a high line and cramp the Brits in their own half. 

While the idea worked well, as the Indians dominated the ball for the large parts of the final quarter, the attackers could hardly test the British goal and instead ended up conceding a short corner on the counter-attack. 

And though the hosts struggled to get something off the penalty corner, the umpire spotted an obstruction by one of the Indian defenders and handed Great Britain a penalty stroke - one that Ansley scored without a second thought.

The Indian eves will look to get back to winning ways on Friday, 4th October when they play their fifth and final match of the tour.