India enter final Sultan of Johar Cup

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 13:30 hrs

Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Nov 15 (IANS) Indian hockey's junior men's team entered the final of second Sultan of Johar Cup here as they hammered New Zealand 3−1 in their fourth league match played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium Thursday.

India dominated the proceedings from the start of the game. Mandeep Singh got the ball rolling with his goal in the 19th minute when his shot from the right beat goalkeeper Richard Joyce.

In the 27th minute Harjeet Singh found the target for India while skipper Manpreet Singh scored in the 34th minute putting 3−0 on board till half−time.

In the second half Benedict Van Woerkom scored the only goal for New Zealand in the 48th minute.

India remains the only undefeated team in the competition so far with ten points from four games. India remains on the top of the standings with their two earlier wins and a draw which includes a 2−0 win over Australia, 3−1 win over five times world junior champions Germany and a goalless draw against Pakistan.

Before playing the final Nov 18, India will meet Malaysia in their last league match Nov 17.

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