India go down in final

A late golden goal by Jason Donohoe dashed Indian gold medal hopes as Diwakar Ram and his team mates went down to Australia 1-2...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Sydney | Published:January 19, 2009 11:45 pm

A late golden goal by Jason Donohoe dashed Indian gold medal hopes as Diwakar Ram and his team mates went down to Australia 1-2 in the final of the boys’ hockey event at the Australian Youth Olympics on Sunday.

Although India had a fantastic run in the tournament with two wins and a draw in the league stages,they failed to finish off on a high note and had to be content with the silver medal.

The Indian women rose to the occasion and forced a 2-0 win over USA to bag the bronze medal.

In the boys’ final,AK Bansal’s boys were clearly the better side,with the larger share of ball possession but they squandered several scoring chances.

In front of a capacity home crowd,the Aussies started on a positive note and surprised the Indians as early as the third minute of the match,when Kieren Govers found the net from a field goal. Stung by the early reversal,the Indians made continuous forays into the Aussie citadel to restore parity but met with little success.

The hard work soon bore fruit when Pramod Kumar sent home a crisp shot to level the scores in the 55th minute.

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