DEN BOSCH (Netherlands): Defender Navdeep Kaur scored the solitary goal as the Indian women’s hockey team suffered a 1-3 loss to Ladies Den Bosch team in their third match of the Europe Tourhere .
Goals from Ireen van den Assem (12th, 45th) and Imke Hoek (57th) were enough for the hosts to register the win against the visitors as Navdeep (47th) was the lone player to be on target for India.
The match saw both the teams locking horns mostly in the midfield as the focus was on defence.
In the first quarter, India started strongly as they retained possession for the first ten minutes but a counter attack from Ladies Den Bosch saw them earn a penalty stroke in the 12th minute which was well converted by Ireen van den Assem to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw some more action as both sides created opportunities inside the opposition’s half. Indian forward Lalremsiami came close to scoring in the 22nd minute, only to be denied by Den Bosch’s goalkeeper.
In the same minute, Indian goalkeeper Savita made a terrific save to keep the score down to 0-1. However, Ladies Den Bosch showed why nine players from their team play for the national team as they added to their goal tally when Ireen van den Assem beat Savita again in the 45th minute to take a 2-0 lead at the end of second quarter.
India brought on goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu in the third quarter to replace Savita and the former was forced into action straight away as she made a diving save in the 33rd minute.
Source:- Times Of India