Hyderabad, November 17th, 2021:The first quarter-final of Pool ‘B’, was played between Punjab & Sind Bank and Indian Railways, at the ‘Gooncha 57th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament’,being held at the SCR Sports Complex, Secunderabad, today. Both these teams have a glorious hockey history, contributed several famed players for the country, and still continue to produce some quality players. Both the teams played competitive hockey, however, today was Indian Railways’ day, the team exhibited some classy hockey with excellent stickwork and well-coordinated passing, paving the way for a huge victory of 7-3 and with the current form seem to be probable for semi-finals.
PSB dominated the first quarter with Innocent Munda opening the account with a field goal in the 7thminute and Aditya Singh adding a fabulous field goal in the 17th minute. Thereafter, Indian Railwaysbounced back by exhibiting tremendous fighting spirit, they relentlessly attacked the PSB defense till the end. Mukul Sharma with an outstanding field goal in the 20th minute reduced the margin for India Railways; Ajay Yadav displaying lovely hockey skills got the equalizer through a field goal in the 22nd minute; Pardeep Singh added two field goals in the 27th and 32nd minutes. Prince brought some solace for PSB by converting a penalty corner in the 38thminute and taking their score to 3 goals. However, the Indian Railways team went on to add three more field goals to their kitty, Arjun Sharma in the 42nd minute; Seshe Gowda in the 45th minute, and Ajay Yadav in the 53rd minute, ending the game with a huge win of 7-3. Seshe Gowda of India Railways was named the Man of the Match.
Results: Indian Railways – 7 (Mukul Sharma – 20th minute – field goal; Ajay Yadav 22nd minute – field goal; Pardeep Singh – 27th – field goal; Pardeep Singh – 32nd minute – field goal; Arjun Sharma – 42nd minute – field goal; Seshe Gowda – 45th minute – field goal and Ajay Yadav – 53rd minute – field goal) beat PSB – 3 (Innocent Munda – 7th minute – field goal; Aditya Singh – 17th minute – field goal & Prince – 38th minute – Penalty Corner).
Green Card: Shahbaz Khan, PSB – 17th minute; Kunwar Dilraj Singh, Indian Railways – 14th minute & Pardeep Singh, India Railways – 25/39 minutes.
Man of the match: Seshe Gowda of India Railways.
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