by sportswire4u.blogspot.com (Balbir)
CHANDIGARH, SEPT 24
Sprightly Punjab State Power Corporation Limited engineered the downfall of fleet-footed Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the tie-breaker session with an aggregate 5-4 margin after playing a three-all draw in the 70-minute regulation period of the 41st SN Vohra’s All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.
The match was played at a brisk pace with teams attacking each other at regular intervals. PSPCL, earlier known as Punjab State Electricity Board of Patiala, were quick and swift in their attacks. Similarly EME were equally ferocious in their attacks.
In an exciting, thrilling preliminary round match, speedy young powermen from Patiala drew the first blood by scoring a field goal in the 8th minute through Gurpreet. In fact they were leading by 3-2 with three minutes to go for the long hooter.
EME equaled the score with Gurpreet converting a penalty corner with a sizzling drive in the 67th minute. Ekka (25th, 30th penalty corner) contributed a brace for EME to keep their hopes alive.
Simarpreet (47th) and Bhushan(57th) were the other PSPCL scorers in the regulation period.
In tie-breaker, PSPCL scored through Ranjit Singh and Mahabir Singh. Ravinder and Gurpreet muffed their tries. For EME only Sarwan could convert his stroke while Mandeep Singh, Mohit, Ekka and Chengappa were wayward in their tries.
Earlier, Indian Navy ousted Central Industrial Security Force by 4-2 after leading 3-1 at half time.
Navy scored through Surinder Singh (2nd, penalty stroke), Heera Singh (11th, 29th) and Ved Prakash (36th). CISF reduced the margin through Parteek (7th, 49th).
CISF forced seventh penalty corners while Navy got six penalty corners.
Indian Air Force proved too good for Jai Bharat Academy of Delhi by 7-3 after leading 3-1 at half time. Jai Bharat Academy started on a promising note by scoring early in the 6th minute through Sidhant.
Thereafter IAF repeatedly raided the Jai Bharat Academy territory and rained five goals in a row to demolish the defence of their rivals. Varinder Kumar (22nd), Harwant Singh (24th), Sanjay Yadav (27th), Prabhakar (43rd), and Lovepreet (46th).
With a 5-1 lead IAF relaxed a bit allowing Jai Bharat Academy to score two goals through Naveen (53d) and Ajay (58th). With Harwant striking in the 61st and 66th minutes, IAF further increased their victory margin.