The Railway Police have emerged victorious in their nail biting quarterfinal match against Friends Union in the Late Pravin Baravkar hockey tournament held at the Ammunition Factory hockey ground,Khadki on Friday.
After drawing 2-2 at full time,3-3 in the tie-breaker and after taking 13 strokes in the sudden death,Railway Police emerged winners of their marathon duel with opponents Friends Union. Friends Union could not have asked for a better start to the game after they took the lead in the very first minute through Bhushan Dhere. Dhere scored a good goal after being set up well by teammate Vijay Mahabdi. Friends played well for the rest of the half which ended 1-0 in their favour.
The Railway Police had a bright start to the second half and scored the all-important equalizer in the opening five minutes. Feroz Shaikh managed to convert a good pass by teammate Dynaneshwar Jadhav to level things up. Immediately after,Railway Police took the lead through Jitendra Chande after he was set up well by Rohidas Musale. The Railways team were playing confidently after taking the lead and enjoyed majority of the possession. However,a late surge of pressure from the opposition saw them equalizing in the last minute of the game through Ashfaq Shaikh. The game was then forced into penalties.
Raju Sable,Rohidas Musale and Feroz Shaikh scored for the eventual winners while Amar Thakur,Shakti Thakur and Mukhtiar Shaikh scored for Friends Union. The deadlock then had to be broken by a sudden death which was dominated by the brilliant showing of both the goalkeepers. Both keepers,Jitendra Bhatia of Friends Union and Ramakant Karle of Railway Police made five brilliant saves each. But in the end,a Friends Union player struck the post and the game went to Railway Police. They won the sudden death 5-4.
BEG A 4 (Rohit Dungdung,Sagar Thakur,Manoj Lakra 2) bt Metro A 0.