JAKARTA: China warmed up for their Asian challenge with a 9-0 win over Chinese Taipei in the Group A match in the women’s hockey event at the GBK Hockey Stadium.
The former three-time winner was playing their first match of the tournament. The Chinese were champions from 2002 to 2010.
The Chinese had a slow start but in the second half stepped up their game and won comfortably.
China coach Jamilon Mulders said that there was nothing to worry about as it was just a first match. “You cannot read too much into this match. Credit to Chinese Taipei in making a match of it. As far as we are concerned it was a starting point and I feel the players did well enough. There was no hiccup and we are certainly on the right path,” he said.
China come into the tournament as the top seed. They are placed to make the last four along with Japan from the group. China opened their scoring in the eighth minute off their third penalty corner attempt taken by Xi Xiayun. She was again on target in the 27th minute from another field attempt. Just as the match ended for the first half the Chinese managed to secure a third goal. Gu Bing Feng turned in a penalty corner attempt with a direct flick.
Zhang Xiaoxue added the fourth goal in the 35th minute while Bingfeng was on target for her second goal in the 44th minute. Peng Yang scored two goals in the 49th and 55th minutes while Liang Meiyu scored in the 53rd minute. Zhang too had another goal in the match which came in the 56th minute off a field attempt.