Published:August 4, 2017 1:09 am
Hockey Bengaluru and ONGC entered the semifinals of the 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament in contrasting variations. In their past league match in Pool A, Hockey Bengaluru shed to Hockey Device of Tamil Nadu (HUT) -1, but managed to qualify for the knockout stage by ending runner-up on much better aim normal.
Before, in a Pool “B” match, ONGC received the much better of Central Secretariat Hockey Group 2- to go by means of to the semifinal behind Punjab Countrywide Bank (PNB), which on Wednesday by itself sealed its place with an all-get file.
The extraordinary Bengaluru staff ran into a decided HUT, whose gamers showed a ton of intense intent.
Confronted with a around unachievable endeavor of beating the rival by a margin of 6 targets to protected a past four spot, the nearby outfit played free of charge-flowing hockey and a person this kind of shift resulted in a penalty stroke in the 35th moment which G Gnanavel transformed.
HUT experienced revived slim possibilities of qualification for the semifinal by beating Punjab & Sind Bank 3-2 on Wednesday. The TN gamers carried the momentum into Thursday’s match but lack of targets damage it in the conclude.
In the other come upon, ONGC bounced back from a 5-2 defeat at the hands of PNB to end its round-robin engagements on a winning be aware.
ONGC went ahead by means of a penalty corner conversion by Machaiah in the 12th moment just after an attacking shift. There were being no further more targets in the 1st 50 percent as the groups battled difficult to wrest command.
Central Secretariat conceded yet another aim, when Nilam Xess scored from a penalty corner in the 61st moment to wrap up the get.
In the semifinals to be played on August 5, just after a day’s relaxation on Friday, Indian Railways will clash with ONGC although PNB comes up against Hockey Bengaluru.