AHL: India A women go down to ACT, finish ninth

Jessica Smith scored the two goals for Australian Capital Territory.

India could not convert the chances it created.   -  P. V. Sivakumar (Representative Image)

India A finished ninth in the Australian Hockey League with a 2-0 loss in its final match to Australian Capital Territory in Pool D. Two goals from Jessica Smith (18th minute, 53rd minute) were enough for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to register the win.

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India got off to a good start in the goalless first quarter as it produced some fine attacking play to win two penalty quarters. Both teams were equal in possession in the second quarter, the difference being the shots taken at goal where ACT dominated as it took more shots at India’s goal.

The Australians took the lead through a well-crafted team move in the 18th minute that was finished by Smith. Both teams were dominant in the third quarter as they earned two penalty corners each. Left with the final phase of the match in which to make a comeback, the Indians faltered yet again. India’s penalty corner was saved by ACT’s Goalkeeper Renee Hunter. With Smith’s second goal, the final nail was in the coffin.

India’s subsequent attempts at retaliation went in vain.