Indian women’s hockey kicked off their Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 campaign in spectacular fashion with a resounding 22-0 triumph over Uzbekistan in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, Japan on Saturday. The Women in Blue showcased their attacking prowess and unwavering determination throughout the match, leaving their opponents overwhelmed.
The Indian team wasted no time asserting their dominance, taking a quick 2-0 lead in the opening minutes with goals from Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke (3′) and Mumtaz Khan (6′). Annu further extended their lead just before the end of the first quarter, securing a comfortable 3-0 advantage for India.
The second quarter witnessed an even more remarkable display from the Indian women as they stormed to a commanding 10-0 lead. Sunelita Toppo (17′, 17′), Manju Chorsiya (26′), Deepika Soreng (18′, 25′), and Annu (29′, 30′) showcased their goal-scoring abilities, while the team’s relentless attack and solid ball possession ensured their overwhelming success.
Undeterred by their significant lead, the Indian team continued their dominant performance in the third quarter, adding five more goals to their tally. Deepika (32′) scored a goal through a penalty corner, while Annu (38′, 43′) contributed two more goals, propelling the Women in Blue to a staggering 13-0 advantage. Mumtaz Khan (44′) and Deepika (44′) then swiftly added two goals within a minute, taking the lead to an astonishing 15-0.
The fourth and final quarter witnessed a relentless Indian onslaught, resulting in seven additional goals and a final score of 22-0. Deepika (46′), Mumtaz Khan (47′), and Neelam (47′) each found the net to make it 18-0, while Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke (56′) secured her second goal of the game, extending India’s lead to 20-0. Deepika’s final strike just a minute later and Mumtaz’s goal at the end of the game sealed a dominant victory for the Indian team.
Re-reported from the story originally published in News9 Live