Pyari Xaxa scored the game winning goal for Â Indian Womenâ€™s National Team in the second half to help her side earn back-to-back victories against the hosts Hong Kong in a friendly match.
The only goal of the game was scored by forward Pyari Xaxa, as the Indian eves now set off for Indonesia for a couple of more preparatory friendlies.
This 1-0 victory comes on the back of a 5-2 Triumph over the same opposition on Monday.
India got off to a good start as forwards Dangmei Grace, combined with Indumathi and Anju Tamang to produce swift attacks, while the home side depended on set-pieces in an effort to inflict damage on the Indians.
Coach Maymol Rockyâ€™s team earned a free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box on the 17th minute, but Ratanbala Deviâ€™s shot was well negotiated by the Hong KongÂ defence.
Hong Kong goalkeeper YuenÂ Ki NGÂ was on top form in this match, as she made save after save on both sides of the half-time whistle, to deny India the lead.
However, aÂ substitutionÂ on the stroke of half-time seemed to do the trick for coach Maymol and her girls. Pyari Xaxaâ€™s introduction after the changeover completely changed the tempo of the game, as India launched on a flurry of attacks.
YuenÂ Ki NGÂ made as many as six saves afterÂ half-timeÂ before Sanju was finally able to unlock the Hong KongÂ defenceÂ on the 68th minute, setting Xaxa through with a delicate pass, which the latter put into the back of the net with great aplomb.
Unfortunately, Xaxa hobbled off with an injury in the dying moments of theÂ matchÂ and had to be replaced by Sandhiya Ranganathan.
The womenâ€™s team is now set to travel to Indonesia, where they will face off against the Indonesia Womenâ€™s National Team on January 27 and 30.
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Source: Matchday Frolics