India’s junior men’s hockey team lost 1-2 to England in a tough encounter at the Bisham Abbey Sports Academy here.
India were the dominant side in the early exchanges and even came close with some chances in the first half yesterday.
As England edged their way back into the game, India got the breakthrough when Ajay Yadav scored with an indirect effort from penalty corner to give India the lead in the 24th minute.
England, though, hit back soon by converting a penalty corner from Will Calnan in the 26th minute and then took the lead off Ed Horler’s goal in the 30th.
The two sides went into halftime with the hosts leading 2-1.
India came out stronger in the second half and started creating chances, but were denied the equaliser by a stout English defence.
Despite several chances, India failed to capitalise as England held on to their lead.
After the game, Indian junior men coach, Harender Singh said, “We are creating several chances, but have been missing too many opportunities in front of goal. It is a fault we will rectify and hope to improve in the next match.”