| Action during the match between India and South Korea, in Johor Bahru, on Thursday. (PTI) |
Johor Bahru: India thrashed South Korea 6-1 in their penultimate round-robin match to seal their place in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament here on Thursday.
The Indian colts scored three goal each in either half at the Taman Daya Hockey stadium to continue their unbeaten run in the six-nation tournament.
It was India’s fourth win on the trot in the tournament, having defeated England (2-1), Argentina (3-2) and Pakistan (4-0) in their previous matches.
For India, Amit Rohidas (7th minute), Satbir Singh (9th), Talwinder Singh (31st) netted three goals in the first half, while Amon Mirash Tikey (57th), Ramadeep Singh (62nd) and vice-captain Affan Yusof (65th) score three more on the other side of the break.
South Korea’s lone goal came from the stick of You Seung Ju in the 34th minute.
Coach Gregg Clark’s boys will take on hosts Malaysia in Sunday’s final.
Malaysia secured their final berth after defeating Pakistan 4-2, their fourth consecutive win, in the last round-robin match of the day.
Both India and Malaysia, who have 12 points each in their kitty, will play each other in their last round-robin engagement on Saturday.
Against South Korea, the Indians came up with a commanding performance and dominated the share of exchanges in the first half with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
It took India just seven minutes to open the scoring through drag-flicker Rohidas who converted a penalty corner with precision that South Korean goalkeeper Lee Se Young had no answer.
India doubled their lead two minutes later through a field goal from Satbir, who utilised a good set up by Harjeet Singh. Talwinder made it 3-0 for the Indians four minutes from half time through another field strike.
The South Koreans, however, managed to pull one back three minutes later when You Seung Ju scored from a penalty corner. India slowed down the pace after the lemon break and conceded a few penalty corners but the South Koreans failed to utilise the scoring chances.
After a slow start to the second half, India gradually took control of the proceedings and scored three more field goals to run away with the match.
Amon Mirash Tikey scored India’s fourth goal in the 57th minute before Ramandeep scored his fifth goal in the tournament five minutes later. Yusof completed the rout for South Korea five minutes from the hooter. (PTI)