Mumbai, Apr 9 (UNI) Karnataka XI today became the first side to book a berth in the last four of the 46th All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament, when they defeated the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy (Amritsar) 5-2 to register their third consecutive win in Pool C.
Karnataka XI totally outplayed the young side of the academy with Ronald Kiran putting them into the lead in the very second minute, converting an indirect set piece penalty corner.
Karnataka XI went 2-0 up by the eighth minute when Anup Anthony scored a field goal. MRS Academy pulled back a goal when Navjot Singh, their skipper sounded the boards in the 21st minute to reduce the margin. Ronald Kiran, however, brilliantly converted another set piece penalty corner as the teams went into half time with the team from the South leading 3-1.
Immediately on resumption, Mandeeep Singh scored from close range to put MRS Academy back in the game as the score became 2-3.
The Karnataka players then shut out the match, with M Mudappa and K P Dinesh putting themselves on the scoreboard, to give their side a comfortably 5-2 victory and with it a place in the semis.
In the other match of the day, also a Pool C match, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) riding on a hat-trick by Didar Singh overwhelmed BEG (Pune) by 4 goals to 1. The other scorer for IOC was Humza Mujtaba, while T Kujur scored a consolation goal.
However, with only one team from each of the four groups advancing to the semis, IOC, who had lost to Karnataka XI, bowed out of the tournament along with BEG (Pune) and MRS Academy.
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