Bengaluru, September 18: Hosts Hockey Karnataka ensured the buoyant local crowds were thoroughly entertained watching this new-age hockey as they scored a fine 8-2 win against Hockey Jharkhand at the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Men) which began here in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
The hosts overcame an initial 1-2 setback after Noyel Topno (9′) and Sunil Xaxa (10′) of Hockey Jharkhand spoiled a good start for the home team who scored the first goal through Pradhan Somanna (4′). Backed by the home crowd, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen scored a back-to-back hat-trick of goals (12′,12′,13′) followed by Purthvi Raj who also scored a hat-trick (14′,15′, 19′) that changed the game. Raheel scored his fourth goal of the match in the 20th minute that seal the winning points for the home team.
Earlier, in a nerve-wrecking first match of the evening session, Hockey Haryana registered a narrow 3-2 win against Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu. After ending the first half of ten minutes in a stalemate 1-1 with RT Raghuram scoring for Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu in the 4th minute and Shivdeep scoring the equaliser for Hockey Haryana in the 5th minute, Hockey Haryana took a 2-1 lead in the 12th minute through Bharat’s goal. Though Anand Khujur of Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu scored an equaliser in the 18th minute, Hockey Haryana came up with a strong finish as Shivdeep struck yet again in the 19th minute that saw his team through.
In the second match of the evening session, Hockey Odisha overpowered Hockey Maharashtra with a 5-3 win. Goals for the winning team were scored by Ashis Topno (5′, 10′), Nitin Mukesh Tigga (9′), Tikei Khujur (14′) and International player Nilam Sanjeep Xess (19′) while Tyron Pereira (6′, 18′), Rahim Sayyad Niyaz (15′) scored for Hockey Maharashtra.
Hockey Punjab featuring star players from the 2016 Junior World Cup winning team entertained the evening audience as they scored a splendid 9-5 win against Uttar Pradesh Hockey. Hockey Punjab were dominating through the match to keep up the lead with hat-trick of goals scored by Jaskaran Singh (1′, 9′, 20′) and Satbir Singh (8′, 12′, 20) while Gurmail Singh (5′, 14′) scored twice and dashing forward from teh 2016 Junior World Cup fame Parvinder Singh, who is making a comeback after a year-long rehab due to knee injury also scored in the 6th minute for Hockey Punjab. For Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Ajay Yadav (5′), Sourabh Anand (7′, 8′), Mohd Talib 15′) and Raj Kumar Pal (20′) scored goals.