India continued their unbeaten run in the Asian Women’s 5s Hockey World Cup qualifiers after registering a hard-fought 5-4 win over Thailand in their third match of the tournament here on Sunday.
For India, there were captain Navjot Kaur (1st minute), Monika Dipi Toppo (1st, 7th), Mahima Choudhary (20th) and Ajmina Kujur (30th).
The goals for Thailand were scored by Piresram Anongnat (3rd), Aunjai Natthakarn (10th, 14th) and Suwapat Konthong (19th).
The Indian women registered a 7-1 victory over Japan in the second match of the tournament on Saturday night.
This comes after the Indians opened their campaign with a 7-2 thrashing of Malaysia on Friday.
On Sunday, India pulled away with a blistering pace and pressured the Thai defenders from the start.
Navjot opened the scoring in the first minute with a throw from the field.
India doubled their lead in no time when Monika hit the net from play.
Thailand pulled one back with captain Anongnat two minutes in.
Monika soon scored her second goal of the day to make it 3-1 in favor of India.
Five minutes into the first half, Natthakarn’s strike brought Thailand back into the game.
A minute before the end of the first half, Natthakarn hit the back of the net again to tie the score for Thailand.
India attacked in the second half and had most of the possession.
India continued to make dangerous runs inside Thailand’s strike circle, especially from the left flank.
However, it was Thailand who took the lead through Konthong four minutes after the change of sides.
India immediately equalized through Mahima, who was in form as she executed the challenge goal flawlessly.
With five minutes to go, India began to show urgency to regain the lead.
Monika created a chance from the left flank, but the ball flew past the goal.
Only a minute before the end, Kujur scored the winning goal for India.
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