PSB defeats Services; IOC beat TN; Air India win over Mumbai
Jalandhar, Oct 28 (UNI) Defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank scored 3-1 victory over Services, Air India beat Mumbai by a solitary goal and Indian Oil Corporation prevailed over gutsy Tamil Nadu by 2-1 in the Super League matches played here today in the Dainik Bhaskar-Tracer 62nd National Hockey Championship In the matches played for the Rangaswamy Trophy at the Surjit Hockey Stadium, seasoned campaigner Punjab and Sind Bank scored through Kulwinder Singh (10th, 24th minutes) and Rajwinder Singh (26th). A K Majhi reduced the margin for Services with a field goal in the 57th minute.
A last-minute field goal by Olympian Prabhjot Singh helped star-packed Indian Oil Corporation Limited prevail over a never-say-die Tamil Nadu by 2-1 in a Pool B Super League fixture.
Air India collected full three points at the expense of Mumbai whom they beat by a solitary goal scored by Osaf ur Rehman in the Pool C Super League match.
Playing at their home ground, Punjab and Sind Bank kept the ball in possession for better part of the game. The Bankmen opened their account in the 10th minute. Mandeep Singh sent a good cross in the Dee from the left flank and Kulwinder Singh scored with a touch in smooth action.
The Bankmen, having a number of internationals, including Baljit Singh Saini and Baljit Singh Chandi, in their rank, struck again in the 24th minute. This time Kulwinder scored with an indirect penalty corner. Just two minutes later, Rajwinder got a field goal after foxing Services goalkeeper T R Rao.
The winners led 3-0 at half time.
The second session saw the PSB giving more opportunity to their young players and resting the seniors for next super league fixture against Chandigarh. Though PSB enjoyed territorial supremacy in this session but Services were able to reduce the margin through AK Majhi in the 51th minute.
PSB were awarded penalty corners in the eighth, 24th, 40th and 61st minutes of which they could convert only one.
Services wasted all their penalty corners which they forced in the 30th, 31st and 43rd minute.
Tamil Nadu, not overawed with the big names including Olympians Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh and goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan in the IOC line-up, put up a good resistance.
It was only the last-minute goal by IOC's Prabhjot Singh which denied TN the day's honour.
The first half remained unproductive. However, two minutes from resumption, IOC converted their second penalty corner through Deedar Singh. Tamil Nadu worked hard to get the equaliser and their efforts bore fruits in the 51st minute when Siva Balan converted a penalty corner to restore parity.
Hardworking Prabhjot Singh snatched the match-winner for IOC with a last-minutre field goal and give his team the victory and full three points.
Indian Oil got five penalty corners and they could make use of only one while TN converted one penalty corner out of the two awared to them.
Air India and Mumbai were evenly matched. The all-important goal was scored in the 18th minute by Osaf Ur Rehman who guided the ball in the Mumbai goal after Burnad Lugun had done the spadework. Burnad got possession of the ball near the centre line and dodged past two Mumbai defenders before sending a measured pass from the left and Rehman did not make any mistake with the supply.
Tomorrow's fixtures have Punjab pitted against Namdharis, Railways against Indian Oil and PSB fighting with Chandigarh.
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