India A lose to Aus­tralian side in AHL

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PERTH: The India A women's hockey team com­pleted their Aus­tralian Hockey League cam­paign with a 0-2 loss to Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory in Pool D to fin­ish at an over­all ninth po­si­tion in the league here on Sat­ur­day.

Two goals from Jes­sica Smith (18th minute, 53) were enough for Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory to reg­is­ter the win.

India A got off to a good start in the first quar­ter as they pro­duced some fine at­tack­ing play which saw them win two penalty quar­ters.

How­ever, the visi­tors were un­able to con­vert ei­ther which saw Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory gain con­trol of the match to end the first quar­ter goal­less.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw both teams hav­ing al­most equal pos­ses­sion but the dif­fer­ence was the shots taken at goal where Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory dom­i­nated as they took more shots at India's goal.

This meant that the Aus­tralians took the lead through a well-crafted team move in the 18th minute which was fin­ished by Jes­sica Smith to end the sec­ond quar­ter with a 1-0 score-line.

Both the teams were equally dom­i­nant go­ing for­ward in the third quar­ter as they earned two penalty cor­ners each, but nei­ther could con­vert.

Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory took con­trol of the game in the lat­ter half of the third quar­ter but their ef­forts on goal were well saved by the In­dian de­fence.

India had to con­vert their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fourth quar­ter if they were to make a come­back into the match.

How­ever, that was not to be the case as their penalty cor­ner was saved by ACT's Goal­keeper Re­nee Hunter.

The Aus­tralians then made the most of their at­tack­ing flair as Jes­sica Smith scored her sec­ond of the game in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0.

India tried to re­tal­i­ate in the dy­ing stages of the game, but they could not pro­duce any shots on tar­get against a res­o­lute Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory de­fence as the match ended 2-0 in the lat­ter's favour. IANS

Jes­sica Smith scored two goals.

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