Marlow, Aug 1 : The Indian junior men's hockey team have suffered a 2-1 defeat to hosts England in a tough encounter at the Bisham Abbey Sports Academy.
India were the dominant side in the early exchanges, exerting all the influence on the game and even came close with some chances in the first half.
As England edged their way back into the game, India got the breakthrough. Ajay Yadav scored after a PC improvisation to give India a lead in the 24th minute. England, though, hit back soon scoring off a PC conversion 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 faster again 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 and England held on to take a 2-1 win in the end. 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.".