India lose to Great Britain, fail to reach Johor Cup final
Johor Bahru (Malaysia): The Indian Junior men's hockey team lost 1-2 to Great Britain in a hard-fought encounter, thereby failing to qualify for the final of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup, here on Saturday.
India will play bronze medal play-off match against Malaysia on Sunday.
Raushan Kumar's goal in the 25th minute was not enough for India to win the match as Tom Sorsby (20th minute) and Jack Waller (52nd minute) helped Great Britain in qualifying for the final of the tournament.
Going into their last round robin match, India needed a win in order to qualify for the final of the tournament, whereas Great Britain only required a draw.
It was the latter, who started the match brightly as they did not allow the Indians to make the transition from defence to attack.
On the other hand, Great Britain tried to mount attack on the Indian defence but were kept at bay.
However, it was India, who dominated proceedings towards the end of the first quarter as they won a penalty corner also which was well saved by Great Britain's goalkeeper Chris Wyver as Pratap Lakra shot.
In the second quarter, it was Britain, who took the initiative as they were awarded three penalty corners in the 20th minute, the first two of which were well defended by India. But Great Britain were third time lucky when Tom Sorsby scored when he shot past India's Pankaj Rajak.