Sri Lankans show strength

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Bangkok (2 Oct, 2016): Sri Lanka, one of the top contenders in the 4th Women Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup,  produced enough firepower to knock 19 goals past Indonesia in a Group B match in Bangkok today.

It was the Sri Lankans second victory in two days in the tournament following Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over Uzbekistan.

Midfielder Chathurika Wijesooriya scored nine goals (five penalty corners, three field goals and a penalty stroke); Imesha Weerabahu packed home five goals, Nayana Jayaneththi fired a hat-trick while Ghethika Gangedura and Chaturika Panawala added to the Indonesians misery with a piece.

The Indonesians suffered a similar and rather harsh outing against Chinese Taipei three days ago as the defending champions walked away 21-0 winners.

Elsewhere, Thailand defeated Uzbekistan 3-1 in a Group A encounter and Pakistan played out a 1-1 draw against Hong in Group B tie. It was Pakistan’s first international outing after three years.

Hong Kong dominated play in the first quarter and earned as many as four penalty corners and the last of which was converted by Tiffany Chan in the ninth minute.

But the Pakistanis showed remarkable recovery and began to assert themselves in the next 10 minutes. In the 17th minute, a well-targeted long hit shot into the Hong Kong circle found Mayira Saber unmarked and she plugged it into the net.

Both sides had chances but the respective defenders held their fort. Pakistan’s best opportunity came via a defence splitting cross from Hina Kanwal but the diving striker in the circle couldn’t put her stick on the ball.

Sri Lanka lead Group A table standings with six points after two matches followed by Chinese Taipei second on three points and Thailand third also on three points.

Singapore head Group B with three points followed by Hong Kong and Pakistan second and third respectively. All three teams have played one match each. Two matches are scheduled on Monday (Oct 3) with Pakistan battling it out against Cambodia and Chinese Taipei plays Thailand.

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