FIH Women's Series Finals 2019: Gurjit Kaur scores four as India beat Fiji 11-0 to storm into semi-finals

Gurjit Kaur slammed four goals as India thrashed lowly Fiji 11-0 to storm into the semifinals of the FIH Women's Series Finals hockey tournament

Press Trust of India June 18, 2019 16:06:36 IST
FIH Women's Series Finals 2019: Gurjit Kaur scores four as India beat Fiji 11-0 to storm into semi-finals
  • Gurjit Kaur slammed four goals as India thrashed lowly Fiji 11-0 to storm into the semifinals of the FIH Women's Series Finals

  • Gurjit struck in the 15th, 19th, 21st and 22nd minutes, while Monika Malik(11th, 33rd) scored a brace for India in a lop-sided Pool A match

  • Lalremsiami (4th), Rani (10th), Vandana Katariya (12th), Lilima Minz (51st) and Navneet Kaur (57th) were also among the goal scorers for the winners

Hiroshima: Gurjit Kaur slammed four goals as India thrashed lowly Fiji 11-0 to storm into the semifinals of the FIH Women's Series Finals hockey tournament, on Tuesday.

Gurjit struck in the 15th, 19th, 21st and 22nd minutes, while Monika Malik(11th, 33rd)scored a brace for India in a lop-sided Pool A match.

Lalremsiami (4th), Rani (10th), Vandana Katariya (12th), Lilima Minz (51st) and Navneet Kaur (57th) were also among the goal scorers for the winners. World no. 9 India dominated their lowly ranked opponents throughout the match, allowing Fiji to only have one circle entry in the entire 60 minutes, whilst making 74 entries into the opposition's striking area. The first quarter was dominated by India which saw them take the lead in the fourth minute when Lalremsiami's cross-field ball was deflected by a Fiji defender into the back of the net.

FIH Womens Series Finals 2019 Gurjit Kaur scores four as India beat Fiji 110 to storm into semifinals

File Photo of Gurjit Kaur (Centre). AFP

Captain Rani scored India's second goal in the 10th minute from a penalty corner. In the next minute, Monika made the scoreline 3-0 from Neha Goyal's assist. Forward Vandana Katariya scored only her second goal of the competition when she struck in the 12th minute.

Gurjit then scored her first of four goals by converting a penalty corner in the last minute of the first quarter to hand India a 5-0 advantage. In the 19th minute, Gurjit scored from another penalty corner by slotting home in the left bottom side of the Fiji goal to make it 6-0 in India's favour.

Two minutes later, Gurjit completed her hat-trick when she scored from a rebound with a reverse stick shot after her drag-flick was blocked by a defender. Gurjit struck again in the 22nd minute from another penalty corner to make it 8-0 in India's favour.

Early in the third quarter, midfielder Monika scored India's ninth goal of the match, deflecting in Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam's shot from just outside the circle in the 33rd minute. Lilima then joined the party and registered her name in the scoresheet with reverse stick shot in the 51st minute.

Six minutes later, Navneet pounced on a loose clearance by the Fiji goalkeeper to round off the tally for India. India will play their semifinal encounter on Saturday.

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