Pakistani girls beat Cambodia in AFH Cup


LAHORE, Oct 3 (APP): Mayria Sabir struck five goals including
a hat trick to star in Pakistan’s thumping 12 0 win against Cambodia in a match of the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in Bangkok on Monday.

Pak girls buried their opponents with the edition of goals in
both the halves to run away with a wide margin success, said the information made available here by Pakistan Hockey Federation.

In a completely one sided game, Pakistan went into offensive from the word go.

After wasting a couple of good chances, account was opened in the 8th minute through the first penalty corner. Ishrat Abbas’s forceful and well placed hit sounded the board. Soon it was doubled through a first time strike by Afshan Naureen.

The well combined raids continued and ball remained in the Cambodian half. 18th minute saw a superb individual goal by Hina Pervaiz. In a wonderful run, she side stepped a couple of opponents before flicking in to make it 3 0.

For next 5 minutes, it was mainly a mid field affair. Pakistani
girls rejuvenated and laid siege to the opponents’ goal during the last 10 minutes of the first half. Despite missing numerous chances, they managed to add three more to the score sheet. A right side raid was capped well by skipper Hina Kanwal.

Then another sweeping move saw Mayira Sabir netting her first and team’s fifth goal of the day. Like the first , the last goal of the half was also an Ishrat Abbas penalty corner conversion as Pak led 6 0 at break.

It was the same story in the next 35 minutes: Pakistan attacking the Cambodian territory at will.

A couple of penalty corners were not availed in the beginning.

However, in the 44th minute, Mayira Sabir scored off a rebound after a Hina Pervaiz effort had been parried by the net minder. Mayira completed her hat trick in the 52nd minute applying the finishing touch on a move which had goal written all over it to make it 8 0.

Her fourth goal arrived immediately, this time via a top of the circle back hander. Kalsoom Shahzadi entered Pakistan’s score into the double figures. Dying minutes saw a flurry of penalty corners coming Pakistan’s way, the last of which was put in after an in direct drill, by who else but Mayira Saber, her fifth goal of the day.

With one win and a draw, Pakistan now have four points and
are well in contention for a semi final spot.

They face strong Singapore side in their last pool match on
October 6.

SCORERS: Mayira Sabir 5, Ishrat Abbas 2, Afshan Naureen,
Hina Pervaiz, Hina Kanwal, Kalsoom Shahzadi.