Comptroller & Auditor General of India team outclassed last year’s runners-up Punjab 3-1 in Pool B to enter the semifinal of the senior national hockey tournament at Dhyan Chand Stadium, Lucknow on Wednesday.
Punjab took the lead when Parvinder Singh found the target in the 32nd minute. Thereafter, it was all CAG, with Darshan DS converting a penalty corner in the 42nd minute to level the scores. He repeated the feet in the 63rd minute to give CAG a 2-1 lead. Darshan’s teammate Sarvjeet Singh scored a goal in the dying moments of the play to make the final score 3-1.
In another Pool B match, Vikas Choudhary scored a hat-trick to help Madhya Pradesh Hockey come from behind and defeat Manipur 3-2. Manipur’s Laiba Singh L (21st minute) and Hera Singh K (29th minute) struck a goal apiece as their team enjoyed a 2-0 lead at half-time. In the second-half, MP came up with some good moves. The Manipur defence just failed to keep a check on Vikas Choudhary who turned the contest around for MP. Vikas scored a well-timed goal in the 38th minute to reduce the margin and went on to level the scores three minutes later.
In the 51st minute Vikas netted another to give his team a 3-2 and also complete his hat-trick. Thereafter, no goals could be scored.
In a Pool A match, Air India defeated Association of Indian Universities 7-2. Gurjinder Singh (4th minute) and Gagandeep Singh (8th minute) scored a goal apiece to give Association of Indian Universities a 2-0 lead. However, thereafter, the match entirely belonged to Air India. Shivendra Singh sounded the boards thrice while Bikendra Lakra, Sammer Dad, Gaganpreet Singh, Girish Pimpale netted one each.
Big win for bhopal, Orissa
Bhopal: Bhopal, Orissa and Railway Sports Promotion Board registered big wins in their respective matches of the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship.
In Pool C, Hockey Bhopal hammered Mumbai Hockey Association 14-1 while Odisha routed Chhattisgarh 12-1 in a group A contest.
In another goal-fest, Railway Sports Promotion Board blanked Uttar Pradesh 20-0 in Pool B.
Haryana eked out a 2-1 win over Madhya Pradesh, while Maharashtra beat Kerala 7-0 and Jharkhand sailed past Sports Authority of India with a comfortable of 6-0 scoreline.
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