Mumbai, Apr 19 (UNI) South Central Railway today came back from behind to down Indian Navy 2-1 and move into the next round in the 44th edition of the Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mahindra Stadium here today.
In other matches, Namdhari XI survived a late charge from Central Railway before prevailing 2-1, while PSEB and Bhopal XI needed the tie-breaker to beat Corps of Signals and Combined SAI XI respectively to advance.
PSEB and Corps of Signals, after playing out a goalless draw, saw the former hold their nerves as they edged out the Signals side 5-4 in the tie-breaker. Kulwinder Singh, Jatinder Kumar, Harjinderpal Singh, S Gurdeep and Varinder Singh scored for PSEB in the tie-breaker, while Ghan Shyam, Santosh Kumar, Amrit Pal Singh and Rakesh Kumar scored for Signals with Christopher Beck missing to give PSEB victory.
In the match between Bhopal XI and Combined SAI XI, the latter blew a 4-2 lead going into the last eight minutes of the match to lose via the sudden death after the tie-breaker also could not resolve the deadlock.
For SAI XI, Bipin Tete scored a brace in regular time along with goals from Alok Visi and Shashi Kant being the other scorers. Bhopal XI managed to come back thrice after conceding the lead with goals coming from Vejay, Zubair, Altaf-ur-Rheman and Straj-ul-Haq.
The tie-breaker saw Asad Kamal, Rajesh Guleria, Mehraj Uddin, Sameer Dad and Altaf-ur-Rheman scoring for Bhopal XI, while the SAI outfit restored parity with all their five penalty hit strikers Osaf-ur-Rehman, Mubeen, Taaz Khan, Alok Visi and Shahid Shaikh sounding the boards to force a sudden death. In the sudden death Sameer Dad scored for the Bhopal outfit, while Osaf-ur-Rehman missed to put Bhopal XI into the next round.
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