Hyderabad, November 16th, 2021: The opening match of the third day at the ‘Gooncha 57th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament’, had SCR beating RCF Kapurthala, at the SCR Sports Complex, Secunderabad. Captain MG Poonacha’s superlative performance, scoring two goals tilted the match in SCR’s favour. This win catapulted SCR into the quarter-finals for a face-off with three seeded teams Group ‘A’.
Karanpal Singh enabled RCF to take the lead in the 17th minute of the game by converting a penalty corner, however SCR’s Captain MG Poonacha’s penalty corner conversion in the 21st minute and Lovepreet Singh’s field goal in the 27th minute gave SCR a 2-1 lead during halftime. Abhay of RCF levelled the scores after halftime through a field goal in the 38th minute. A strong resurgence by SCR in the last minutes of the game gave them a decisive lead of 4-2. The last two goals were scored by Pratap Lakkra through a penalty corner in the 54th minute and MG Poonacha through a field goal in the 60th minute. 21 minutes into the game a Yellow card was shown to the RCF Captain Gurpreet Singh. MG Poonacha of SCR was declared the man of the match.
Results: SCR – 4 (MG Poonacha – 21st minute – Penalty corner; Lovepreet Singh – 27th minute – Field goal; Pratap Lakkra – 54th minute – Penalty corner & MG Poonacha – 60th minute – Field goal) bt RCF Kapurthala – 2 (Karanpal Singh – 17th minute – Penalty corner & Abhay – 38th minute – Field goal ). Green card – Mahipal Giri, SCR – 37th minute & Yellow card – Gurpreet Singh, RCF – 21st minute. Man of the match : MG Poonacha of SCR.
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