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Hockey: China, Korea, India all record wins at Women’s Junior World Cup

fu07286824..m.w580.h435July 28, 2013: China’s Gu Bingfeng struck late to secure a 2-1 win over Canada in Pool B of the Women’s Ergo Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

 

Xu Dongguo’s side are level on four points with Argentina, who they play in their final group match. South Africa have two points from 3-3 draws with China and Argentina, and could leapfrog the loser of that match if they beat bottom-placed Canada.

 

India bounced back from their 6-1 loss to Australia to beat New Zealand 2-0 in Pool C and now face Russia in their bid to reach the quarter-finals. Korea trounced Ghana 9-0 after an opening-day loss to the USA, but have to face the high-flying Netherlands in their final Pool A game.

 

China and Canada finished the first half scoreless, but China entered the second half with high energy and Liu Yuyue opened the scoring from a penalty corner from their first attack.

 

fu07286753..m.w580.h435Canada were urgent to reclaim pride and won five penalty corners within a few minutes, with Caashia Karrigten touching in a Karli Johansen shot to bring the scores level.

 

However, China scored against the run of play with 83 seconds remaining in the match, winning another penalty corner that Gu converted.

 

“We were still very exhausted from yesterday’s match because all our players are very young,” Xu said. “It was tough playing against a very good team like Canada. I hope we can go further in this tournament. Our next match is against Argentina who are very strong.”

 

fu07287591..m.w580.h435India and New Zealand played out a hotly contested match, with both teams cancelling each other out in the first half before barrage of yellow cards meant much of the second half was played with at least one of the two teams a player short.

 

Manjit Kaur scored the opener in a crowded circle and Vandana Katariya doubled the lead a few minutes later with a brilliant reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle, with the victory celebrated in style by a small but vocal group of Indian supporters.

 

Korea’s thumping of Ghana featured bursts of goals near the beginning and end of each half, as Korea scored three goals in the first five minutes.

 

fu07287014..m.w580.h435Korea then relented slightly and Ghana adapted to the pace, holding their own until goals by Cheon Eun-bi and Lee Yu-ri late in the half made it 5-0. In the last minute of the half, an unfortunate own goal was added as goalkeeper Joana Adjei touched a long ball into the circle into her own net.

 

In the second half, a score-free half hour was bookended by goals from Kim Hyun-ji – completing a hat-trick of penalty corners – Kang Ji-na and Song Bo-ram for a 9-0 final scoreline.

 

Photos: FIH.ch

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