Tamil Nadu edged past Mumbai 4-3 while Punjab and Uttar Pradesh played out a three-all draw on the opening day of the IHF Federation Cup hockey,in New Delhi on Tuesday. In the first match of the day,Mumbai got off to a good start as they took a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes but were unable to sustain the momentum as Tamil Nadu made a strong comeback.
The two teams were tied at 2-2 at half time but the Tamil Nadu side displayed greater discipline and prevailed over their opponents at the Shivaji Stadium here. For Mumbai Sandeep Singh,Rajat Sharma and K Jayanta score a goal a piece,while Stalin David,Adam Sinclair,Sathya and Vinod Rayer scored a goal each for Tamil Nadu. In the other game,Punjab came from two goals behind to manage a 3-3 tie against Uttar Pradesh.
Till 45 minutes into the match,UP were leading 3-1. The equaliser from Punjab came at the very last minute of the game through a penalty corner. For Punjab Varun Kumar,Parvinder Singh and Ajit Pandit scored a goal each while Diwakar Ram scored a couple and Sunny Sonkar netted one for UP.
The tournament is being organised by the Hockey Association of Haryana in association with Delhi and District Hockey Association under the aegis of the Indian Hockey Federation.