It won’t be unfair to suggest that Trinidad & Tobago had become one of the ‘whipping boys’ of the women’s hockey competition of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Leaking 34 goals in three games, the Redskirts were not expected to throw a serious challenge to the Indians, who were determined to put as many as goals as possible in a bid to on par as far as goal average is concerned with New Zealand and South Africa.
The Indian eves would believe they had done what they set out to do as they clobbered Trinidad & Tobago 14-0 in their third league game – their second win at the Glasgow National Hockey Center leaving them with the prospect of beating South Africa in their final league tie to push for a semifinal spot.
India opened the account in the 4th minute off their first penalty corner when Vandana Katariya deflected home a Jaspreet Kaur drag-flick. Deepika Thakur made in 2-0 in the 12th minute unleashing a rasping shot from the top of the striking circle and a minute later, she set up Rani Rampal with a defence-splitting pass.
Jaspreet Kaur finally got a direct drag-flick off India’s fourth penalty corner in the 18th minute and a minute later Rani Rampal scored her second – the team’s fifth. Skipper Ritu Rani, who ejected India’s fifth short corner, was on hand to tap home a Jaspreet Kaur drag-flick following a goalmouth melee. Rani Rampal completed her hat-trick off India’s sixth short corner as India were sitting pretty with a 7-0 lead. Deepika Thakur and Anuradha Dev piled on more misery for Trinidad & Tobago as India led 9-0 at half-time.
Young forwards Ritusha Arya and Anupa Barla also got their names on the scoresheet before Jaspreet Kaur and Deepika Thakur wrapped up their hat-tricks in India’s whopping 14-0 win.
India had earlier beaten Canada 4- 2 and lost to New Zealand 0-3.
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