Punjab Police, BPCL enter semis in Surjit Hockey

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Jalandhar, Nov 12 (UNI) Punjab Police beat Punjab National Bank 1-0 while Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) drew with Namdhari XI 1-1 to book their semi-final berths in the 23rd Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament here today.

With today's win, Punjab Police topped Pool C with six points while in Pool B, BPCL and Namdhari XI were tied at four points each but better goal average put BPCL through to the semis.

Last year's runners-up Indian Oil Corporation had already made way into the last four stage.

BPCL began with an offensive note and led by Amar Aiyamma they made assaults in the rival box in the first minute itself.

This move culminated to a spectacular field goal by Aiyamma.

After taking the lead, BPCL turned defensive and young Namdharis made several moves in the rival's half but none could be converted into goal.

In the 44th minute, Namdhari forward Gurvinder Singh got the ball and made no mistake in securing an equaliser with a fine field goal (1-1).

In the second match between Punjab Police and PNB, both teams took time to settle down as the first offensive from the policemen came only in the 24th minute which culminated to a penalty stroke.

Drag flicker Jugraj Singh made no mistake in posting a goal from the stroke and giving his team a 1-0 lead.

The bankmen mounted pressure in the second half but they could not find the equaliser.


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