INDIAN JUNIOR MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM thrashed Pakistan 6-2 in a one-sided final in Kuantan, Malaysia, on Sunday as it was raining goals from Harmanpreet Singh who scored four goals to help the Indian team lift the 8th Junior Men's Asia Cup in Kuantan.
Singh scored in the 10th, 15th, 30th and 53rd min while Pakistan could score only two goals that wasn't enough to erase India's lead.
Mohammad Yaqoob (28th) and Muhammad Dilber (68th) were the scorers for Pakistan while India's two other goals came via field efforts from Armaan Quresh (46th) and Manpreet Singh Jr (50th).
At half-time India was leading by three goals to one.
The second half saw the Indian domination continue with Armaan Qureshi scoring in the 44th minute taking the score to 4-1 in India’s favour. Manpreet Jr. scored the 5th goal for India followed by another penalty corner goal by Singh making the score 6-1.
Pakistan scored a consolation goal in the 68th minute through Dilber Muhammad. The match ended with India winning the trophy with a score line of 6-2.
Singh's top class performance put him at top of the tournament's goal-scoring charts with 14 goals.
Harendra Singh, an elated coach of the Indian team said,
"It was an exciting final and the boys displayed immaculate passion and calmness on the field. We ended up as runners up in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup which made it an even bigger win as we were hungry for the podium position. The support was immense and we felt we were playing in our own backyard. We only have to look forward from here and keep giving such excellent performances."