Junior Asia Cup: India humiliate Oman 9-0

Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh slammed a hat-trick as India humiliated lowly Oman 9-0 to enter the semi-finals of the eighth junior men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament, here, on Thursday. Besides Harmanpreet, who found the opposition net thrice in the seventh, 12th and 50th minutes, the other goal-scorers for India in the quarterfinal contest were Arman Qureshi (10th), Gurjant Singh (18th), Santa Singh (22nd), Mandeep Singh (30th), skipper Harjeet Singh (45th) and Mohammad Umar (54th).

The Indian colts will face Japan in the first semi-final on Saturday.   -  PTI

Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh slammed a hat-trick as India humiliated lowly Oman 9-0 to enter the semi-finals of the eighth junior men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament, here, on Thursday.

Besides Harmanpreet, who found the opposition net thrice in the seventh, 12th and 50th minutes, the other goal-scorers for India in the quarterfinal contest were Arman Qureshi (10th), Gurjant Singh (18th), Santa Singh (22nd), Mandeep Singh (30th), skipper Harjeet Singh (45th) and Mohammad Umar (54th).

The Indian colts will now face Japan in the first semi-final on Saturday.

India started on an attacking note and was rewarded with a penalty stroke in the initial minutes of the game, which was clinically converted by Harmanpreet Singh.

The colts continued their goal fest as Harmanpreet struck again by converting a penalty corner 15 minutes into the opening half.

The Indians toyed with Oman’s defence and pumped in four more goals to take a commanding 6-0 lead at half-time.

Apart from Harmanpreet, Armaan, Gurjant, Santa and Mandeep were the other goal getters in the first half.

India continued in the same vein after the change of ends with Harjeet making the score-line 7-0 in his team’s favour 11 minutes into the second half.

Harmanpreet then converted another penalty corner to score his first hat-trick in the tournament.

Umar then scored a field goal to round off the tally for India.

“The performance against Oman will give us a lot of confidence. A win with such a huge margin will help us come back to the training grounds with a lot of energy and strive for more in the upcoming semi-final. We are taking one step at a time and our energies are now just focussed on the next game,” said Indian junior men’s hockey team’s coach Harendra Singh.

Harmanpreet’s hat-trick against Oman took his tally of goals to nine in the tournament, making him the highest scorer for India.