BEG, CR and PCMC XI enter Late Hussain All-India Hockey tournament semifinals

Bombay Engineer Group, Khadki, Central Railway (Pune Division) and PCMC XI qualified for semifinals of the sixth Late Hussain All-India Hockey Tournament at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: July 24, 2017 8:42 am
late hussain all india hockey tournament 2017, pcmc 11, all india hockey semi finals, bombay engineers group, central railway hockey team, pune division hockey team, major dhyanchand hockey stadium, indian express The match of the day had BEG rally from a 2-4 deficit to hold a spirited I-T.

Bombay Engineer Group, Khadki, Central Railway (Pune Division) and PCMC XI qualified for semifinals of the sixth Late Hussain All-India Hockey Tournament at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri. On Day 3, Sunday, BEG needed a 4-4 draw with Income Tax & Central Excise to qualify on goal difference from Pool-C. In other matches, Central Railway (CR) dashed the hopes of Maratha Light Infantry, Belgaum 5-4, to move up from Pool-D and PCMC XI edged out Sports Authority of Gujarat 3-2 and move through from Pool-B.

The match of the day had BEG rally from a 2-4 deficit to hold a spirited Income-Tax (I-T). Herojit Singh opened scoring for BEG, while Prince Chaurasia levelled scores 1-1 at the 18th minute. BEG then trailed when Ashutosh Lingesh scored before levelling via Sam Kandulana, to make it 2-2.

Two quick goals by I-T through Vikram Dabhol and Ashutosh Lingesh put BEG 2-4 down. However, the team had Sanjay Toppo and Sam salvage the draw they needed. BEG (+4 goal difference) thus edged out I-T (+3).

Central Railway and MLI, Belgaum, encounter had two hatticks logged. Yuvraj Walmiki led CR to a win, by recording his second hatrick in two matches, while for Belgaum team Vijay Bhandare walked a hero.

Last-minute entrants PCMC XI used the striking circle to full effect, converting two penalty corners and a penalty stroke to run up a 3-0 lead against SAG.

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