The Indian Junior Men's Hockey team won their third match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 with a dominating 22-0 win against USA at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. In a match that was a one-sided affair, the 22 goals for India were scored by 10 different goal-scorers as the team climbed to the top of the points table with 9 points from their three matches. Harmanjit Singh (25', 26', 40', 45', 52'), Abhishek (28', 37', 38', 45'), Vishal Antil (2', 30', 44'), Dilpreet Singh (3', 54', 59'), Maninder Singh (42', 43'), Pratap Lakra (2'), Rabichandra Moirangthem (7'), Raushan Kumar (37'), Shilanand Lakra (47') and Vivek Prasad (48') scored for India.
The goal-fest for India began in the 2nd minute and was followed by two more goals in the same minute. The inexperience of USA meant that India dominated the proceedings throughout the match as they scored four goals inside the first quarter.
In the second quarter, four more goals were scored by the Indian team as they utilised the opportunity to give game-time to all the 18 squad members. India went into half-time leading 8-0 after their attackers and defenders were all on the attack.
India turned on the heat in the third quarter as they scored nine goals in 15 minutes which saw the crowd at the stadium get entertained with some sublime finishing by the Indian team. The fourth quarter saw a similar story as the Indian team scored 5 more goals, continuing with their attacking flair to win the game.
USA had earlier conceded a total of 30 goals in their first two games where Australia beat them 19-0 and Great Britain 11-0. India, on the other hand, will take the win as good preparation for their tough upcoming matches against the likes of Australia and Great Britain.
India will now face Australia in their fourth match on Thursday, October 26 at 13:35 IST.