Jalandhar, Oct 25 (UNI) Former champions Services, Chandigarh, Patiala and Tamilnadu won their respective league matches to book their place in the knockout stage of the Dainik Bhaskar-Tracer 62nd Senior National Hockey Championship being played at four centers in Punjab.
While Services prevailed over Bengal 5-3 in a Pool-H match, Chandigarh continued with their good run in the tournament to thrash Orissa 5-1 in Pool-D. Despite losing, Orissa alongwith Chandigarh advanced into the knockout stage.
Patiala too went through to the knockout round thrashing Andaman and Nicobar 15-0 in Pool-B, while Tamilnadu beat Haryana 2-1 in a Pool-F match. Both Tamilnadu and Haryana are already through to the knockout stage.
Andhra Pradesh however crashed out of the tournament when they lost 5-6 to Pondicherry in Pool-B.
In the matches played at the PAU campus in Ludhiana, Services overcame a fighting Bengal 5-3 after leading 3-0 at half time.For the winners Suresh Kumar scored three goals.
Services took the lead in the 3rd minute of play with Ajay Kumar scoring a field goal. Suresh then scored two goals in the 6th and 43th minute to make it 3-0. Anil Ekka then reduced the margin (3-2) scoring two goals in the 37th and 38th minute.
Suresh then scored his third goal in the 40th minute to make it 4-1 and further consolidated their lead when Elaizer Akhhra scoring a field goal. The losers got their third goal in the 53rd minute through a penalty corner hit by Bhengra.
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