AsianIndoor:Kazakhstan retain grip on trophy

Kazakhstan defeated Thailand 3-1 in the final of the women’s competition of the AHF Asian Indoor Championship in Chonburi.

It was a cone from behind win for Kazakhstan who were a goal down as early as the second minute.

But they never lost their composure and played a very patient game, opting to let Thailand have the possession.

But when opportunity arose, they took their chances well to yet again retain the trophy, their hold continuing.

Tikhamporn Sakulpithak gave Thailand an early lead, scoring in the 2nd minute.

And the 2,000 odd crowd in the stadium celebrated the goal with utmost frenzy.

Kazakhstan however did not panic and relied on slow buildups to create chances.

Their patience was doin rewarded with an equaliser through captain Natalya Gatsukuna in the 9th minute.

Just second before halftime, Kazakhstan took a 2-1 lead, thanks to clinical finishing by Irina Dobrioglo.

Natalya made sure of the title with a second goal in the 37th minute when Thailand had opted to play with an extra outfield player by taking off their keeper.

Kazakhstan deserved the title as they were better prepared tactically and were strong defensively.