India beat Queensland-New South Wales in hockey

February 15th, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Brisbane, Feb 15 (IANS) Skipper Sandeep Singh sank in three penalty corners as India routed the Queensland-New South Wales State combine 7-0 at the State Hockey Centre here Sunday.

Sandeep scored in the 3rd, 19th and 60th minutes. The other scorers were Shivendra Singh (23rd min), Tushar Khandker (40th min), Arjun Halappa (42nd min) and Ignace Tirkey (48th min).

This is India’s second win against the state side after beating them 8-1 Saturday.

India broke into an early lead when Aussie defender Nick Russ was struck on his foot inside the circle. The resultant penalty corner was converted by Sandeep as he flicked low to the left of Australian Olympic goalkeeper Stephen Lambert.

The Indian midfield again tormented their opponents repeatedly breaking through their defence with regular monotony.

The Indian captain made it 2-0 with a powerful drag flick, this time to Lambert’s right.

Shortly after, Vikram Pillay stole the ball in the midfield essaying an attack with young striker Sarwanjit Singh to set up Shivendra who drove home India’s third goal.

Thereafter India suffered a nasty incident with Rajpal Singh, who scored a hat trick Saturday, being struck on his shin by defender Jason Wilson. The winger could take no further part in the match as he had to be sent to hospital for stitches.

India shuffled their players after the break and went further ahead with Tushar Khandker making it 4-0.

Two minutes later Arjun Halappa produced a breathtaker when he exhibited classic ball control before deftly pushing past Lambert.

The Indian domination continued unabated as Ignace Tirkey found the mark with his trademark backhander atop the circle which was followed by Sandeep rounding off the tally from the sixth penalty corner.

India will next play the Australian Development squad here Tuesday.

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