Japan trounce Singapore 9-1 in Junior Asia Cup hockey

July 12th, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

By Avishek Roy
Hyderbad, July 12 (IANS) A spirited Japan toyed with Singapore 9-1 in a Group A match of the Junior Asia cup hockey tournament at the Gachibowli Stadium here Saturday. Japan, who made things difficult for hosts India Friday in the opening match, played an attacking game and pounded the Singapore defence. In fact, much of the play was in Singapore’s half.

The young Singapore side was totally clueless about the swift Japanese moves and remained mute spectators throughout the match. Japan lead 3-0 in the first half but the second half proved to be punishing for Singapore.

Barring a fine save by the Singapore custodian Abdul Qayyum Quim Surani in the initial minutes, none of the defenders could check the rampaging Japanese forwards.

Hiroki Shirawa, Kenta Tanaka, Kenji Kitazato (2), Hirayuki Fujiyoshi (2), Taisuke Ito, Daisuke Suzuki and Ryohei Kawai completed the tally for Japan.

Shirawa opened the floodgates for Japan with a field goal in the very second minute, and there was no stopping Japan thereafter.

Singapore’s consolation came from Muhammad Sabri Yuhari who converted the team’s only penalty corner in the last minute of the match.

Three Japanese players were yellow carded for playing rough and the side was reduced to eight in the second half, but this did not impact the intensity of their game.

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