Hyderabad, November 16th, 2021: Indian Navy overwhelmed Indian Air Force by 6-2 in the second match on the third day at the ‘Gooncha 57th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament’, being held at the SCR Sports Complex, Secunderabad. It gained a place in the quarter-finals in Pool ‘B’ with this win. Right from the word go, the Indian Navy played aggressive hockey, putting extreme pressure on IAF defense. It scored 3 quick goals in the first quarter and thereon IAF could never recover. Its current form and the big win pave the way for the Indian Navy to aim for a semi-final berth in the tournament.
In the match between the two Defence teams, the Indian Navy went on a goal-scoring spree and scored all 5 goals within the first 20 minutes of the game. It all began in the 2nd minute of the game, with Sunny Malik scoring a field goal, followed by a penalty corner conversion by Nitesh in the 8th minute; a field goal by Rajbhar Pawan in the 11th minute; a field goal by Sunny Malik in the 19th minute and a field goal by Aakib Rahim in the 20th minute. Though the IAF team came back to score two consolation goals, Lovedeep Singh converting a penalty corner in the 24th minute and Sukhdev Singh scoring a field goal in the 51st minute, but couldn’t make a dent. Indian Navy’s Jugraj Singh went on to score a field goal in the 58th minute, the 6th for the team. Sunny Malik who scored two goals for the Indian Navy earned him the man of the match.
Results: Indian Navy – 6 (Sunny Malik – 2nd minute – field goal; Nitesh – 8th minute – penalty corner; Rajbhar Pawan – 11th minute – field goal; Sunny Malik – 19th minute – field goal; Aakib Rahim – 20th minute – field goal & Jugraj Singh – 58th minute – field goal) bt Indian Air Force – 2 (Lovedeep Singh – 24th minute – penalty corner & Sukhdev Singh – 51st minute – field goal). Green card: Parteek Singh, Indian Navy – 25th minute; Aamid Khan Pathan, Indian Navy -28th minute; Dilip Pal, IAF- 25th minute & Sukhdev Singh, IAF, 45th minute. Man of the match: Sunny Malik, Indian Navy.
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