Women's U18 Asia Cup: India ride on Lalremsiami brace to register hard-fought win over China

Bangkok: India eves prevailed 3-2 over China in a closely contested match at the fourth Women's U18 Asia Cup at Bangkok on Saturday.

 Womens U18 Asia Cup: India ride on Lalremsiami brace to register hard-fought win over China

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India were off to a quick start as their first goal came in the seventh minute with Lalremsiami netting the ball.

She doubled her as well as team's tally with another goal just five minutes before the end of the first half.

But China came out stronger in the second half and Gu Yangyan converted a penalty corner in the 40th minute to bridge the deficit.

Although India held the control and the possession throughout the period, they were unable to create clear opportunities, and in the 51st minute, Yangyan once again netted the ball for China to score the equaliser through a penalty stroke.

However, India didn't let their heads drop and they continued to rally to score a goal and eventually Sangita Kumari took full advantage of a penalty corner that proved to be the match winner.

Speaking after the match, coach Baljeet Singh said, "It was a big game for us, and I am proud that despite losing an advantage in the second half we rallied and got the victory. It showed the strength of the players, mentally and physically."

Updated Date: Dec 17, 2016 18:46:39 IST