Karachi: Pakistan junior hockey team recovered from a goal down to eventually beat England 62, recording their second consecutive and impressive victory in 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup on Monday at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Pakistani colts earlier on Sunday had also pulled a formidable 30 victory against South Korea, and the triumph against England has propelled the greenshirts to top of the table.
In spite of the fact that Pakistan mostly kept the possession since the beginning of the match but English players stunned the side after Richard Gail scored early in the fifth minute of the match to take a 10 lead.
However, Mohammad Tousiq levelled the arrears five minutes later after converting the very first penalty corner Pakistan earned during the match.
Five minutes later, one more goal was fired from English stick when Luke Taylor converted a penalty corner and put his side one up once more.
However, Pakistan bounced strongly back in the match when Tousiq once again converted a penalty corner, producing an equalizer for the second time.
Players in the greenshirts managed to take the team with a 32 score in the second half after Muhammad Dilber scored seconds before the referee blew the whistle.
Ayub Ali scored the fourth goal for Pakistan after umpire gave him an advantage in the 54th minute and the player converted the close range opportunity easily. Ayub got the advantage from the umpire after English goalkeeper Jay Gibson hit the ball into his body.
Muhammad Suleman scored the fifth goal in the 62nd minute while Dilber scored in the dying minute of the game to register a convincing 62 victory.
“I am happy with the team’s performance as they have by now defeated two strong teams in the tournament,” head coach Manzoorul Hassan said after the team’s triumph.
“I am especially happy to see that our defence managed to protect the lead by not conceding goals even after the team came under pressure from England’s forward players during final few minutes of the game,” he added.
Manzoor also praised the team for converting penalty corners during the match.
The greenshirts have now accumulated six points from two matches and have now jumped to top of the table with six points and a positive goal difference of seven goals.
Meanwhile, India has also accumulated six points since the team has defeated England 21 on Sunday and Argentina on Monday by 32. However, the team sits at second spot behind Pakistan as it has a lower goal difference of two goals.
Both Pakistan and India would face one another on Wednesday.