CWG 2022: Wasteful India beat minnows Ghana 5-0 in women’s hockey opener | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: India’s women’s hockey team beat lowly Ghana 5-0 to start their Commonwealth Games campaign on a winning note on Friday. The team led by Savita Punia were far from impressive in their first Pool A match, however.
Gurjit Kaur (3rd, 39th minutes) scored twice, while Neha Goyal (28th), Sangita Kumari (36th) and Salima Tete (56th) scored one field goal each for India.
Even though India dominated the game in every department, it was a lackluster performance from them in the first two quarters as Ghana’s defense produced a resolute spectacle to frustrate their fanciful opponents.
What was frustrating for India was the weak link between midfield and attack.
Penalty corner conversion also continued to haunt India, who only used a 1 in 10 chance.
The Indians were expected to crush Ghana but goalkeeper Abigail Boye made phenomenal saves to keep her team in the competition.
She was ably supported by her backline.
The Indians stepped on the gas from the start and took the lead in the third minute when Gurjit converted his team’s first penalty corner with a ferocious drag-flick into the right corner.
India were soon awarded a second penalty corner but Ghana defended bravely with Boye making another fine save.
Just before the end of the first quarter, India were awarded a penalty stroke for a foul inside the ‘D’, but Ghana managed to challenge the decision.
The Indians came out on the attack in the second quarter while Ghana just soaked up the pressure.
The Indians mounted attack after attack, but Ghana’s backline thwarted them.
Ghana earned a penalty corner three minutes from half-time but failed to get past India captain Savita.
Ghana got another free kick before the break but wasted the chance.
The Indians doubled their lead in the next minute through Neha, whose drive entered the goal after being deflected by a Ghanaian defender.
Neha was once again in the thick of it but his ferocious shot from close range was stopped by Ghanaian keeper Boye.
Three minutes after the switch, India earned two quick penalty corners but spoiled both.
Sangita Kumari extended India’s lead, finding the target of a goalmouth scrum in the 36th minute.
India were awarded another penalty corner soon after but failed to use it.
The Indians, however, made it 4-0 in the 39th minute when Gurjit scored from a penalty kick.
India lost another penalty corner in the 42nd minute. Three more penalty corners were also wasted afterwards.
Salima scored four minutes from the whistle after her shot went into the net following a stick deflection from Ghana captain Nafisatu Umaru.
India next face Wales in their second pool game on Saturday.

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