Mumbai to meet Kurukshetra in title clash

Mumbai, Jan 15 (PTI) Hosts University of Mumbai andKurushetra University of Haryana advanced to the final of theINK Infrastructure All India Inter-University men''s hockeytournament here today with contrasting semi-final victoriesover their rivals.

In the first semi-final, University of Mumbai wereawarded the match against Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU),Amritsar after the visiting team''s players disputed theumpires'' decision and walked out after conceding the thirdgoal in the 33rd minute.

Nitin Kumar, Yuvraj Walmiki and Boon D''Souza scored forMumbai before their rivals staged the walkout and conceded thematch.

The technical official, Noor Shaikh, gave the Amritsarside the mandatory two minutes'' time to restart the match, butthey refused to continue. Judge Varinder Singh then awardedthe match to the Mumbai team.

In the second semi-final, goalkeeper Manjit Sight playeda key role in helping Kurushetra University ''stroke'' outMadras University 3-1 via the tie-breaker, after the teamswere locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time. More PTI SSRVKV AT

GNDU coach Mannu Sood later blamed poor officiating for withdrawing the team from the match against Mumbai.

"I was not satisfied with the umpires, officiating thematch. There were many decisions against us and afterconceding three goals, I felt it was better to forfeit thematch," he said.

But the Amritsar team did not lodge any official protest,according to tournament Director Sukhbir Singh.

"They have not given complaint in writing. And accordingto the rules, the technical officials did the right thing bygiving GNDU the stipulated two minutes time to restart thematch, which they did not agree to. As such the match wasawarded to Mumbai," he said.

Mumbai, Jan 14 (PTI) Skipper Yuvraj Walmiki slammed homefive goals, including a hat-trick, to power University ofMumbai to a facile 8-2 victory over Jamia University, Delhiand into the semi-finals of the INK Infrastructure All IndiaInter-University men''s hockey tournament here today.

In tomorrow''s semi-finals, Mumbai will take on Guru NanakDev University, Amritsar, who defeated V B S PurvanchalUniversity, Uttar Pradesh by a solitary first half penaltycorner goal scored by Karanpal Singh in the 26th minute.

Madras University and Kurushetra University, Haryana willcontest the second semi-final.

Nitin Kumar gave Mumbai University the perfect start bysounding the boards with a firm hit from top of the circle inthe 12th minute and four minutes later Dharmendra Antil madeit 2-0 before Walmiki got into the scoring act.

Walmiki scored four goals in quick succession to putMumbai firmly in the driver''s seat. He converted a penaltycorner in the 19th minute and got his second and the team''sfourth goal in the 24th minute.

The prolific goal-scorer added two more immediately afterthe change of ends, in the 39th and 41st minutes, beforenetting his fifth in the 44th minute. In between Boon D''Souzaadded his name to the scoresheet in the 43rd minute.

The Delhi lads managed to reduce the margin when SandeepKumar scored in the 55th minute and Pawan Malik converted apenalty stroke in the 62nd.

Madras lads overcame M G Kashi University, Varanasi 3-2,while Kurushetra University, Haryana blanked S R M University,Tamil Nadu 6-0.

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