Ipoh [Malaysia], March 10 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team beat Ireland 4-1 to end their campaign at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in the fifth position.
The Men in Blue began with the strong attack early on that helped them win back-to-back penalty corners in the 5th minute. It was an infringement on Ireland's part when Simranjeet Singh was attempting a shot on goal that resulted in the penalty corner. Though the first attempt was saved, a tussle for the ball in the circle resulted in another penalty corner. This time Varun Kumar found success to give India a 1-0 lead.
In the second quarter, forward Shilanand Lakra beat Ireland's goalkeeper Jamie Carr to double the lead to 2-0.
India began the third quarter Varun Kumar pumped a brilliantly struck dragflick past Carr to take India's lead to a comfortable 3-0. India's next goal came off Gurjant Singh in the 37th minute. It was brilliant play by Talwinder Singh who received a good pass from Simranjeet Singh and later connected it to Gurjant who made no mistake in putting it into the post.
Though India conceded a goal in the 48th minute, the team's defence remained resolute through the match to win it 4-1. (ANI)