India A Men’s Hockey Team lost 0-4 to Queensland in the Australian Hockey League here today. Matthew Pembroke (5’), Hugh Pembroke (20’), Joel Rintala (42’) and Jacob Anderson (54’) scored the goals for Queensland who booked their place in the Final of the 2017 AHL.
India could not produce a good start to the game as they conceded an early penalty corner in the 5th minute which was converted by Matthew Pembroke to give his team the lead. The visitors had chances of their own on the other end of the pitch but could not convert into goals.
The second quarter was also dominated by Queensland as they extended their lead through Hugh Pembroke who scored a well executed field goal in the 20th minute. The Indians had the chance to pull one back but could not convert a penalty corner as the score remained 2-0 in Queensland’s favour at the end of second quarter.
Queensland were again quick off the blocks in the third quarter as they scored a third goal when Joel Rintala finished off a beautiful team-move in the 42nd minute. India could not produce a comeback in the match as their efforts were kept out by a resolute Queensland defence.
The Australian side ensured the victory when they scored the fourth goal with 6 minutes remaining in the match. Jacob Anderson was on target for Queensland as he scored a coolly-finished field goal in the 54th minute to make it 4-0.
India A Men’s Hockey Team will now face New South Wales in a match for the 3rd place in this year’s Australian Hockey League on Sunday, 8 October 2017 at 10.45 hrs IST.