India trounce Pakistan, lift Junior Asia Cup

Harmanpreet SIngh scored a hat-trick as India defeated Pakistan 6-2 in the final of the Junior Asia Cup, in Kuantan, Malaysia.

On the back Harmanpreet Singh’s hat-trick, India thrashed Pakistan 6-2 and clinched the Junior Men’s Asia Cup.

India started the match on a positive note, pressing hard since the opening minute of the first half, and were soon awarded with a penalty corner. Harmanpreet Singh converted the penalty corner to take his tally to 12 goals in the tournament and give India an early advantage of 1-0.

India were again awarded with back-to-back penalty corners in the 13th and the 14th minute. Harmanpreet scored again to take India 2-0 up within 15 minutes of the game.

Harmanpreet scores hat-trick

Pakistan fought back in the 28th minute with a successful penalty corner from Yaqoob Muhammad. Soon after, in the 30th minute, Harmanpreet scored from another penalty corner to complete his hat-trick and take his goal tally to 14 goals in tournament. The first half ended with India leading 3-1.

The second half saw the Indian domination continue, with Armaan Qureshi scoring in the 44th minute to take the score to 4-1 in India’s favour. Manpreet jr. scored the fifth goal for India, and this was followed by another penalty corner goal by Harmanpreet, making the score 6-1. Pakistan scored a consolation goal in the 68th minute through Dilber Muhammad.

Harmanpreet became the highest scorer with his four goals in the match taking his tournament tally to 15 goals in the tournament.

Indian coach Harendra Singh said, “It was an exciting final and the boys displayed immaculate passion and calmness on the field. We ended up as runners up in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup which made it an even bigger win as we were hungry for the podium position. The support was immense and we felt we were playing in our own backyard. We only have to look forward from here and keep giving such excellent performances.”