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Northern Railway,New Delhi defeated South Central Railway,Secunderabad 4-2 to stake claim at the winner's trophy of the 67th All India Railway Hockey Championship...

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
April 14, 2009 2:29:43 am

Northern Railway,New Delhi defeated South Central Railway,Secunderabad 4-2 to stake claim at the winner’s trophy of the 67th All India Railway Hockey Championship at Dhyanchand astro-turf stadium,Lucknow on Monday.

Both the teams resorted to a highly attacking game in the first-half of the play. SCR Secunderabad player Innocent Kullu succeeded in breaking the ice in the 7th minute of the play through a penalty-corner. However,collecting a well-timed pass from the left,Ravi Bharti managed to level the scores in the 24th minute. SCR was able to regain lead again when its forward Pawan Changappa sounded the boards in the 30th minute. NR forward Harjeet Singh made full use of a penalty-corner awarded to his team just two minutes later to make the half-time score 2-2.

NR exercised an upper hand in the second-half of the play. Its player Prem Kumar scored a beautiful goal in the 63rd minute to impart a 3-1 lead to NR. Raju scored a goal in the 69th minute ensure a 4-1 win for Northern Railway.

In all,NR New Delhi was awarded 3 penalty-corners (PCs) while SCR Secunderabad was awarded 4 PCs. Both the teams capitalised on one such chance. Western Railway,Mumbai defeated West Central Railway,Jabalpur 3-1 in the match played to decide the third place. The scores at half-time was tied at 1-1. On behalf of WR,Rajneesh Chaturvedi (12minute through PC),Chandrakesh Kumar (53rd minute) and Chinglen Sana (69th minute) sounded the boards. Meraj Uddin netted apiece on behalf of WCR through a PC awarded to his team in the 18th minute. WR got 10 PCs but was able to make use of only one such chance. WCR got 1 PC and it made full use of it.

The prize distribution ceremony was held later in the evening. UDC Shreni,GM NER was the chief guest on the occasion. Olympians M Shahid,Sujeet Kumar and Syed Ali and a host of other dignitaries also graced the occasion.

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