KPK, Army, Punjab, Balochistan win in hockey tourney

March 2, 2016 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa (W), Army, Punjab (W) and Baluchistan have registered victories in their matches in the ongoing 35th National Junior Hockey Championship at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore on Thursday.

KPK (W) beat Pakistan Custom 4-2, Army humbled Islamabad 11-0, Punjab (W) defeated Police 2-1 and Baluchistan defeated Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa (C) 1-0.

In the opening match of the day KPK stunned Customs. They took control of the match in the first quart scoring two goals to bring their opponents under pressure. Their Captain Zahidullah struck the first goal in the 2nd minute on a penalty corner. Then their forward Khairullah dodged defenders to score a beautiful field goal in the 10th minute. Khairullah scored his second goal in the 36th minute to consolidate his team’s position. Customs forwards awoke from a deep slumber in the third quart and reduced the margin with one field goal each from Ali Aziz and Adnan Khalid in the 46thand 50th minutes respectively. Customs got seven penalty corners but converted none. KPK’s Hayat scored the fourth goal for his team in the 53rdminute. Anwar Chaudhary and Yasir Khursheed supervised the match.

Hat-trick by Noman and two goals each by Abbas, Imran and Umar Hayat enabled ARMY to humble Islamabad in a one sided second match of the day. Noman scored field goals in the 6th, 8th and 46th minutes respectively. Abbas struck two field goals in the 44th and 47th minutes, Imran netted two field goals in the 21st and 45th minutes and Umar Hayat converted a penalty corner in the 39th minute and score a field goal in the 57th minute. Sajid and Jahangir netted one field goal each in the 15th and 40th minutes.

The army men demonstrated excellent control over the ball which kept on rolling in Islamabad’s area. They hardly allowed their opponent to enter in their area. Islamabad’s players lacked in skill and experience and they also faltered in passing the ball. They got one penalty corner in the 7th minute which they wasted as their forward failed to score on rebound. Haroon Rasheed and Mahmood Ali were the field umpires.

The match between Punjab (w) and Police provided real entertainment to the spectators who enjoyed and cheered every move of the players. Both teams played aggressive game and made beautiful moves which kept the ball rolling between two halves. Police jolted Punjab (w) with a beautiful field goal in the 10th minute through Ashar Tariq but after that lead their forwards failed to maintain their supremacy. Punjabians responded brilliantly in the second quart when hey levelled the score in the 26th minute when Mohammed Yasir scored a beautiful field goal. The match entered into a interesting stage as both team fought hard to outshine each other which also produced excellent stick work. Mohammed Umar scored the second goal for Punjab in the 39th minute. Police tried hard to level but the Punjabians defended their fort bravely. Afsar Ali and Mohammed Wali supervised the match.

Both KPK and Baluchistan adopted defensive strategy in the last match of the day. First two quarts produced no goal. However, Baluchistan changed their strategy in the third quart and made a number of inroads into their opponents’ circle. They converted one of the three penalty corners in the quart. Ejaz Shabbir struck the lone goal of the match in the 42nd minute. Sohail Janjua and Ghulam Moheyuddin were the field umpires. Asian Bradman and President of ICC Zaheer Abbas was the Chief Guest of the last match.