Birsa Munda, Rourkela, prevents all-Punjab final

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Former champions Birsa Munda Vidyapitha, Rourkela, prevented Nehru Sub Junior hockey final becoming an all Punjab affair as they stroked out Springdale school, Amritsar, 3-2 via tie-breaker in the semi-final here today.

In another semi-final, Harjinder singh scored a brace to help Government High School, Harnam Dass Pura, Jalandhar, outplay Malwa Khalsa School, Ludhiana, 3-0.

Jalandhar school will take on Birsa Munda in the final tomorrow.

Birsa Munda spoiled the Punjab party with a determined display of aggressive hockey and though they failed to score in the regular period, they had enough ammunation to stroke out Springdale, Amritsar, in the tie-breaker.

It was a fast paced semi-final with both teams making some incisive moves but could not transalte their chances into goal.

Most of the time, the ball moved from one side to another but the forwards of both the sides were turned out to be poor marksmen.

Birsa Munda had more share of the ball in the second half but again could not take advantage of the situation as they muffed chances.

In the tie-breaker, Springdale started promisingly converting their first two strokes while Birsa Munda muffed their second and third strokes.

However, after that the Amritsar school wasted their next three strokes while their rivals converted their remaining two to emerge winners.

For Birsa Munda, James Munda, Arbin Barla and Joseph Toppo were on target while Amonmirus Tirkey and Bipin Kerketta failed with their strokes.

For the losers, Mandeep Singh and Rupinder Singh scored while Harmeet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Ramandeep Singh muffed their chances.

Earlier in an all-Punjab semi-final, Jalandhar school outplayed their neighbouring city rival Malwa Khalsa, Ludhiana, 3-0 after leading 1-0 at half time.

Satbir Singh put Jalandhar ahead in the 23rd minute and in the second session, Harjinder Singh scored in the 48th and 60th minutes to seal the match for his side.


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