Baba Farid Club Chandigarh,were no match for the formidable Punjab National Bank team in the ongoing All India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy being held at the Olympian Pirthipal Singh Hockey Stadium,Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana,as the bankers thrashed the opposition 6-1 in a match to surge ahead in the tournament.
Living to the expectations,PNB players were quick to take lead of 2-0 in the first half. The first goal was scored in ninth minute of the match when Hardeep Singh sounded the board while second goal was fired by PNB captain Jalwinder Singh Tony in 16th minute. In the second half,PNB scored four more goals. The first two goals of second half were scored in 40th and 43rd minute of the match by Ranjit Singh of PNB. Banwali Xess of PNB in 63rd minute and Ranjit Singh of PNB scored in 66th minute. The solitary goal for Baba Farid Club was scored by Kanwaldeep Singh in 69th minute of the match. In other matches of the day,Army XI got the better off Indian Air Force by 3-1 and Namdhari XI defeated ONGC by 3-2. Led by quick footwork,Harwant Singh of Indian Air Force scored in the 18th minute of the match. Ealizer Lakra of Army XI scored the equaliser in the 32nd minute of the match. But it was Poovanna of Army XI who scored second goal for his team in 59th minute,followed by Bhushan of the same team in 64th minute of the match,to take the lead.
In the third match,Namdhari XI trounced ONGC in a keenly fought encounter. Gurmeet Singh scored the first goal of the match for Namdhari XI in second minute of the match. Deepanshu of Namdhari XI scored the second goal for his team in eighth minute of the match. Aijub Ekka opened the account for ONGC by firing in the first goal in the 41st minute of the match. It was Deepanshu of Namdhari XI who stretched the lead by again scoring a field goal in 45th minute of the match. It was in the 49th minute that Diwakar Raju scored second goal for ONGC in 49th minute with the help of a penalty corner,but that was not enough. In the end,it was Namdhari XI that prevailed over ONGC.