India hammer Turkmenistan
Tashkent: Sridarth’s scored a brace as India registered a convincing 5-0 win over Turkmenistan in their opening match at the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers here on Wednesday. Shubho Paul, Taison Singh and substitute Himanshu Jangra were the other goal scorers for India. Playing at the Transport Institute Stadium, home to the reserve side of reigning Uzbekistan Super League champions Lokomotiv Tashkent, India looked to dominate their opponents from the first half itself. Just ahead of the halfhour mark, India took the lead through winger Shubho. Just a few minutes ahead of halftime, India doubled their lead. Taison forced himself into the area to play a cutback which was duly turned in by Sridarth. A few minutes into the restart, Taison added the third, as he smashed in a cross by Shubho from just outside the far post. Substitute Himanshu had an immediate effect as he was played through into the box by Maheson and he went on to finish with great aplomb. Sridarth finished off the scoring late in injury time to make it five for India.