Hockey India 7th Junior National Hockey Championship: Punjab & Sind Bank beat Kerala Hockey 5-4

hockey icon 26Bhopal: The Quarter finals kicked off today at the Hockey India 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) ‘B’ Division with two games scheduled in the first half of the day.

In the opening quarter final, Punjab & Sind Bank beat Kerala Hockey 5-4. In a fast paced game, it was Kerala Hockey that struck first, D Sarang scoring in the 20th minute to give them the lead. Punjab & Sind Bank replied in style, Prince (22’, 32’) and Charanjeet Singh (33’) scoring to give them the lead at half time. Kerala Hockey reduced the deficit at the beginning of the second half, via a Christo Sebastian goal in the 41st minute, but in the end, Punjab & Sind Bank’s constant scoring gave them the victory. Prince completed his hat-trick with a third goal in the 44th minute.

The second quarter final between Hockey Bihar and Hockey Bengaluru, was a tight affair, settled in a shootout after the teams were locked at 1-1 in regulation time. In the game, it took till late in the second half for the first goal to arrive, Hockey Bihar’s Gulsan Ekka converting a PC in the 57th minute to give his team the lead. Hockey Bengaluru struck back with an equaliser within five minutes, C John Bosco's 63rd minute PC, cancelling out the lead. The game stayed level at full time and went to a shoot out. Hockey Bihar prevailed 3-2 in the shootout to reach the semi finals.