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On 28th August, India defeated Thailand 7-2 in the final to win the inaugural Women’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier. The final match witnessed an outstanding performance by the Indian side, as they triumphed over Thailand with an impressive score of 7-2. This victory marked not only their Asian Cup but also secured their coveted spot in the forthcoming Women’s Hockey 5s World Cup 2024.
Dominant Display by India’s Scorers
Right from the first whistle, India exhibited their aggressive intent as Mariana Kujur delivered a powerful field goal in the 2nd minute. This early advantage set the tone for their confident play, showing their readiness to stake their claim for the Asia Cup title. However, Thailand didn’t take long to respond, swiftly netting two goals through Kunjira Inpa and Sanpoung Kornkanok, pushing India into onto the defensive.
India’s Swift Retaliation
In a swift retaliation, Monika Dipi Toppo showcased her form and precision with a brilliant goal in the 7th minute, leveling the scores at 2-2. The Indian team’s performance remained unwavering and Mariana Kujur rekindled the lead with another goal in the 8th minute.
Steady Accumulation of Goals
Jyoti extended India’s lead further, marking a score of 4-2. After the halftime break, India showed no signs of slowing down, maintaining their peace and precision in their attacks. Their relentless efforts paid dividends as Captain Navjot Kaur contributed a fifth goal to India’s tally.
A Decisive Triumph
With just three minutes remaining in the match, Jyoti’s efforts were rewarded once more, further securing India’s lead at 6-2. To seal their Mahima Choudhary added another goal, solidifying the final score at 7-2 in favor of India.
Road to Victory
Prior to the final, India had demonstrated their prowess by success over Malaysia with a remarkable score of 9-5, securing their spot in the championship match. In this semi-final clash, Navjot’s excellent performance stood out as she achieved a hat-trick, supported by goals from Kujur, Jyoti, Toppo and Choudhary. Malaysia’s Zati Muhamad, Dian Nazeri and Aziz Zafira also showcased their skill by finding the net.
Recognition and Rewards
In acknowledgement of the India’s outstanding achievements, Hockey India proudly announced a reward of Rs.2 lakh for each player on the victorious squad, along with Rs.1 lakh reward for each member of the support staff. This gesture not only celebrates the team’s victory but also recognizes the collective effort and dedication that led to his monumental win.
Qualified for the World Cup 2024
The success in the Women’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup not only etches the Indian women’s hockey team’s name in history but also opens an exciting new chapter on their journey. The victory secures their participation in the upcoming FIH Women Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their skills on a global platform.