Mumbai produced another sterling display to quash the aspiration of Vidarbha by romping to a 5-1 victory in the final of West Zone leg of the Indian Hockey Federation-conducted Senior National Hockey Championships at the Mumbai Hockey Association stadium,Churchgate,Mumbai on Monday.
The home side,who got down to business immediately enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 cushion at the lemon break. After Vidarbha threatened to put up a fight as they reduced the margin with a goal in the 55th minute,Mumbai struck two more to ensure that they emerge victorious.
Mumbai have now qualified for the All-India Senior National Championship to be played later this year. IHF will decide the venue and dates later. They will be joined by the qualifiers from the other five zones and Air India,Services and Indian Railway in the main competition. Birthday boy,Devender Walmiki gave Mumbai a bright start by opening the scoring with a superb drag-flick from their second penalty corner in the 16th minute. Later,full back,Suresh Kangujam struck twice with firm low pushes to convert their second (26th min) and fourth (30th min) penalty corners.
Vidarbha kept on fighting and managed to reduce the margin through Aamir Shabbir Khan who scored from close range off a penalty corner. Mumbai put the issue beyond their opponents scoring two more goals to seal their win. First Laxman Rao after picking up captain Tyron Pereiras forward pass hammered home from the top of the circle in the 61st minute before Walmiki scored the fifth from another penalty corner in the 68th to round off the tally.
Mumbai 5 (Devender Walmiki 2,Suresh Kangujam 2,Laxman Rao) beat Vidarbha 1 (Aamir Shabbir Khan).