Hockey: India ‘A’ held to 1-1 draw by Northern Territory

India ‘A’ let slip the lead to play out a 1-1 draw with Northern Territory in a pool B encounter of the Australian Hockey League here on Monday.

India will play Australian Capital Territory in its next Pool B encounter on Tuesday.   -  PTI

India ‘A’ let slip the lead to play out a 1-1 draw with Northern Territory in a pool B encounter of the Australian Hockey League here on Monday.

India scored through Mohammad Umar, who converted a field goal in the sixth minute of the match, giving the team a 1-0 lead in the first quarter.

A well-executed defensive structure saw the team keep up the lead in the following minutes. The second quarter saw India forwards Armaan Qureshi and Affan Yousuf come close to scoring a goal.

Northern Territory put up an improved performance in the third quarter forcing a defensive error by India, which conceded a penalty stroke. Adrian Lockley made no mistake in converting the stroke that levelled the score 1-1 in the 34th minute.

The scoreline continued to remain constant all through the remaining minutes of the third quarter.

Though India pushed hard for a goal in the final quarter, Northern Territory stayed resilient. The final few minutes of the match continued to remain tense for both the teams but the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

India will play Australian Capital Territory in its next Pool B encounter on Tuesday.

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