Black Sticks beat Singapore 2:1 at FIH Hockey League Round 2

HockeyThe Ghana National female hockey team, the Black Sticks beat Singapore 2:1 to secure their first victory in their their last game to end their campaign on a high at the FIH World League Round 2 in India on Sunday.

Having lost six matches in succession in the tournament held at the Major Deeyn Chand National stadium in New Delhi, the Black Sticks, who were bent on redeeming their dented image, started the game on a fast note, attaching on all fronts.

However, it was Singapore who opened the scores against the run of play in the sixth minute through a penalty corner.

Undaunted by the early set back, the Ghanaian ladies accepted the challenge and equalized in the eight minute, also through a penalty corner converted by Linda Sasu.

The two teams, described as whipping ladies in the tournament for their chain of defeats, started stringing their passes together and came close on many occasions, but failed to take the opportunities that came their way.

Their desire of returning home with a little pride galvanized them to be more adventurous and they pushed more ladies forward as the game wore on, and four minutes to the end, Elizabeth Opoku scored the much needed winner.

She was fed midway into the area of her opponents, beat two markers before unleashing a powerful drive that hit the back of the net before the goalkeeper could react.

Elizabeth, who played a great game, was voted the best player of the match and was rewarded with $350 for her efforts.

It will be recalled that the Ghanaian team lost 0:13 to host India in their first game, lost 3:1 to Thailand and 0:4 to Poland in the group stage, before losing 0:2 to Malaysia.

Last Friday, the Sticks lost 0:2 to Malaysia again and 1:7 to Russia the following day in the tournament’s placement matches.


Source: Graphic