Glasgow, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Indian women hockey team gave a tough fight to United States of America before going down by a solitary second half goal in the quarter-final match in the Champions Challenge 1 played at Glasgow National Hockey Centre in Scotland today.

In the first half, Katie O'Donnell was the driving force behind the USA team, but all too often her teammates were wayward with the final ball, and the young India side took full advantage.

Indian captain Ritu Rani was a creative force in midfield and tried to create some moves but tough opposition's defence denied any scoring chances.

In the 60th minute, Dawson took the opportunity and converted the penalty corner to snatch the all-important goal for USA. Seconds later Paige Selenski had the chance to double the lead for USA, but Indian goalkeeper Savita made a good save this time.

India got a chance to level the score in the last minute but the penalty corner strike hit the cross-bar.

Three Indian players captain Ritu Rani (22nd minutes), Navneet Kaur (33rd) and Manjit Kaur (68th) were shown green cards.

India will play their next match against Belgium on May 3.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)