Jul 16

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 

South Korea thrashed Japan 4-2 in the second semi-final to set up a title clash against defending champions India in the sixth Junior Asian Cup Hockey tournament here at the Gachibowli stadium.

South Korean drag-flicker Nam Hyun Woo led from the front for the side scoring all four goals through penalty corners and went on to secure the second hat-trick of the on going competition.

Nam Hyn Woo, successfully converted penalty corners in the 9th and 14th minute in the first half while scored another in the 38th minute of the play.

South Korea, bronze medalist in the last edition in Karachi four years ago, led by 2-0 at the lemon break.

After the teams changed the sides, Japan responded to the Korean onslaught by converting a penalty corner in the 61st minute by Kenji Kitazato. But Nam Hyn Woo once again converted a penalty corner in the 64th minute to put Korea into lead by 4-1.

In the final minute of the game, Japan scored its second goal and reduced the margin following a penalty corner conversion by Ryohei Kawai.

Pakistan and Japan will now battle it out for the third place of the tournament on Friday. The final will also be played on Friday.


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