Fliers meet Dynamos in final

January 5, 2008

Sandeep Michael sparked off a Bangalore celebration after scoring from the last penalty stroke. After tapping the ball past the Steelers goalkeeper, he ran, hands stretched out like a planes wings, straight into the hands of his team-mates.

Steelers had a 2-0 lead but Hi-Fliers rallied brilliantly through a Len Aiyappa brace to overcome a 0-2 lead in the regulation time and defeated defending champions Orissa Steelers 5-4 via penalty shoot-out to set-up the title-clash with Chandigarh Dynamos in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

By the end of the first quarter, Orissa Steelers had a 2-0. But Len's double strike from penalty corners forced the match into extra-time and penalty strokes.

Prabodh Tirkey and Roshan Minz were successful for Orissa taking a 2-0 lead as Bangalore’s Tushar Khandekar and Sebastian Weisterhoff fumbled with their attempts. But Bangalore Hi-Fliers had a second lifeline when their custodian Bharat Chhetri forced the next three players from Orissa to make mistakes. He saved Damandeep’s try and then forced Kim Chul and William Xalxo to shoot wide.

Hi-Fliers didn't waste the opportunity as Arjun Halappa and Vikram Kanth beat the rival goalie Diederik Mars with superb reverse scoops from the left and all eyes were on last man Sandeep Michael. The former Indian star did not disappoint his team as he dodged the goalkeeper to the left and shot into the boards to take Bangalore Hi-Fliers into the finals.

Earlier in the regulation time, Orissa took an early lead in the 11th minute when Dilip Tirkey's direct penalty corner deflected off a stick and Sunil Ekka dived and pushed it in.

Within five minutes, Sunil Ekka made it 2-0 as he went on a solo run, dodged past two defenders to send a stinging reverse hit which brooked no answer from the rival goalkeeper Bharat Chetri.

Bangalore tried hard to get the equaliser but Orissa held on stubbornly in the defence. But towards the end with only eight minutes to go, Len Aiyappa sent a flier into the roof of the net to push the match into extra-time.

Bangalore Hi-Fliers’ custodian Bharat Chetri was declared man of the match.


Dynamos enter final
January 5, 2008

Dynamos Gaurav Tokhi sold the dummy to the Sultans goalkeeper, pulling him to one side and sounding the boards to signal the Chandigarh Dynamos march into the final of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Chandigarh Dynamos defeated Hyderabad Sultans 5-3 after the penalty shoot-out after the two teams were locked 0-0 after regulation time and 1-1 after extra-time.

Earlier after a barren regulation time, Chandigarh Dynamos made a dramatic comeback into the match with seconds to go in the silver-time period. After a dull and drab regulation time where both the teams failed to raise the game to the expected standards, the match was pushed into the extra-time of two five-minute halves for the silver goal.

A speedy run into the circle by Pramod Kumar saw Hyderabad Sultans earn a short corner in the 73rd minute and drag-flick specialist Diwakar Ram sent a waist-high flick to the right of goalkeeper Baljit Singh.

Dynamos were not finished yet. Deepak Thakur deflecting in a Sandeep Singh free hit to equalise scores.

In the shoot-out, Rajpal Singh, Deepak Thakur, Ravipal and Gaurav Tokhi succeeded for Dynamos while only Pramod Kumar and Didar Singh scored for Hyderabad Sultans.

Prabhjot Singh failed for Dynamos while Saradara Singh and Bikas Toppo flopped for Hyderabad while Pawal Lakra did not take the stroke as the result was already decided.

Deepak Thakur was declared man of the match.

Steelers enter semis
January 3, 2008

Defending champions Orissa Steelers entered the semifinal beating Sher-e-Jallandhar 2-0 in the last league match of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Steelers, who needed a 2-0 margin to avoid table toppers Chandigarh Dynamos in the semifinals, will now meet Bangalore Lions while Hyderabad Sultans, who were pushed to the fourth spot on the table on goal difference, will take on local favourites Chandigarh Dynamos on Saturday.

Shers started aggressively but petered out to dish out some drab hockey.

Orissa on the other hand played to a plan and their defence stood like a rock with Dilip Tirkey and Kim Chul thwarting the rival moves.

Orissa shot ahead through a brilliant field goal by Ignace Tirkey in the 22nd minute. Roshan Minz sent the ball to an unmarked Ignace who controlled the ball on the run and saw the rival goalkeeper Salman Akbar of Pakistan rushing towards him. In a split-second, he entered the circle and cut the ball with a stinging reverse hit before Salman could do any damage and the ball settled in the net.

One goal up, Steelers controlled the pace of the game and went into a defensive mode with their midfield falling back to assist the defence.

The second goal came off a Jugraj error in the Shers midfield. Roshan gained possession and sent the ball to an unmarked Birendra Lakra who took a crack at goal, the ball deflecting off the goalkeeper's pads and entering the Shers goal.

Sultans destroy Warriors hopes

January 2, 2008

Sultans destroyed the hopes of Maratha Warriors edging them out 1-0 to enter the semifinals of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Sultans now join Chandigarh Dynamos and Bangalore Hi-Fliers in the semifinals. Orissa Steelers, who play the last league match against Sher-e-Jallandhar on Thursday, have a better chance of entering the semifinals with a goal difference of three.

Shers, who have a minus three goal difference, need to beat Steelers by a margin of over six goals to entertain any hopes of qualifying to the knock-out stage.

Hyderabad took an early lead in the first quarter and held on to the goal as their defenders did a commendable job of holding off the Warriors.

Sultans took the lead in the 14th minute when Sardara Singh put his brother Didar Singh in possession. But the shot went off the goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza to an alert Johnson Ekka who slotted home from handshaking distance.

Maratha Warriors dominated the proceedings and even had more ball possession but the Sultans were tackling well at the back.

Oscar was declared man of the match. Warriors are out of the tournament finishing with seven points while Hyderabad Sultans have 11 points and are currently third on the table.

Orisssa Steelers and Sher-e-Jallandhar will play the last league match on January 3. Friday will be a day off and the two semi-finals will be played on Saturday.

Sultans have it easy
January 1, 2008

Hyderabad Sultans, kept their semifinal chances alive with a convincing 5-3 victory over Chennai Veerans in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on New Year's Day.

Sultans took an early 3-0 lead but Chennai Veerans pulled back two goals through their drag-flick artiste Raghunath to keep themselves in the race. But Hyderabad were in an attacking mood and added two more goals to close off the match 5-3.

Sultans took the lead in the fifth minute after a pass from Bikas went to Didar whose weak shot saw the ball come back to Bikas who tapped in.

Within two minutes, Hyderabad Sultans earned the first of their three short corners and the young and upcoming drag-flick specialist from Uttar Pradesh, Diwakar Ram, made it 2-0 scoring a low-flick into the boards.

Sardara Singh then deflected home their third goal off a stinging shot into the goalmouth in the 14th minute.

Veerans earned two quick short corners in the 15th and 16th minutes and off the second one Raghunath effected the drag-flick. The ball rolled in, after hitting defender Johnson Ekka's stick on the goalline. (3-1).

Six minutes later, Chennai Veerans earned the fourth of their five penalty corners and Raghunath was bang on target to cut the scores to 2-3.

Hyderabad put paid to the hopes of Chennai with two goals in the space of five minutes. Diwakar Ram came good with the team's second short corner in the 39th minute sending his drag flick into the boards. (4-2) and then Sardara too notched his second goal of the match with a gem of a field goal. (5-2)

Chennai pulled one back again in the 64th minute through their Dutch import Joost van Den who scooped into an empty goal.

Sardara Singh was declared man of the match.

Sandeep smashes hat-trick
December 31, 2007

Sandeep Singh’s brilliant hat-trick took the Dynamos into extra-time against Veerans to clinch the match by a silver goal to finish as joint-toppers in the fourth edition of the PHL in Chandigarh on Monday.

Chandigarh Dynamos were taken aback by the intensity of Veerans but they should be thankful to Sandeep Singh, who converted three of the five short corners they earned and stretched the match into extra-time for silver goal.

In the 76th minute, Deepak Thakur’s shot rebounded off Chennai goalie Sreejesh but Ravipal Singh sent a fierce reverse-stick shot to slot the match-winning silver goal.

Earlier, Chennai took the lead in the 15th minute; Adam Sinclair and Mahendra Singh moved in tandem before a goal-bound ball was tapped in by Adam.

Dynamos equalized when Sandeep flicked Singh flicked in past Chennai goalkeeper Sreejesh (1-1).
In the 34th minute, Chennai shot ahead after a move between Raja and Suresh saw Adam Sinclair sending a measured shot to make it 2-1 in favour of Chennai Veerans.

Dynamos drew level once again in the 44th minute with Sandeep Singh flicking in another penalty corner.

Raghunath gave the lead to Veerans when he sent in a powerful penalty corner into the roof of the net.

But Dynamos equalised once again as Sandeep got his hat-trick with a flick that went straight to the boards.

Sandeep Singh won the man of the match award for his hat-trick.

Dynamos edge past Warriors
December 30, 2007

Chandigarh Dynamos edged past Maratha Warriors 1-0 to become the second team after Hi-Fliers to book their berth in the semifinals of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Dynamos still have a match in hand against Chennai Veerans and have 12 points from five matches while Maratha Warriors remain on seven points after five outings. They have to beat Hyderabad Sultans in their last match to make the semifinal grade.

Off a move from the left-flank, Dynamos took the lead in the 26th minute which eventually turned out to be the match-winner.

Rajpal Singh’s cross found Ravipal Singh just outside the circle. His shot was deflected into the Warriors goal for Dynamos to go ahead.

In the 56th minute, Warriors had a golden chance to strike the equalizer but a superb goalline save by Ravipal saved the blushes for Dynamos.

Towards the end, Warriors made desperate efforts to get the equaliser but failed find the touch in circle to beat the rival defence.

Dynamos skipper Rajpal Singh was declared man of the match.

Hi-Fliers enter semifinals
December 30, 2007

Bangalore Hi-Fliers became the first team to enter the semifinal with a 2-1 victory over Sher-e-Jallandhar in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Hi-Fliers completed their engagements in the league winning five of the six matches and currently top the table with 14 points. Shers on the other hand remain on five points after five matches. They have to win their last match against Orissa Steelers and hope for others to lose to make an entry into the semifinals.

In the 47th minute, Len Aiyappa sent a low flick to the right of goalkeeper Salman Akbar in Shers' goal.

In the 67th minute, Bangalore increased the lead with a superb field goal. Tushar Khandekar sent a ball from the right and Bangalore's Korean player You Hyo-sik set the ball for teammate Sebastian who dodged past a couple of defenders, moved in on the goalline and sent a parallel pass to a waiting Hyo-sik who made it 2-0.

Shers cut the scores in the 69th minute when Gurvinder Singh deflected home off a long diagonal cross into the circle from the left.

Steelers thrash Warriors
December 29, 2007

Defending champions Orissa Steelers came into form with an exciting 4-2 win over Maratha Warriors to keep their hopes alive for a semifinal berth in the fourth edition of the PHL in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Orissa had the lead in the 7th minute when Ajitesh Rai trapped a Sunil Ekka cross to smash home.

Sunil Ekka was again the provider for the second goal when his cross was deflected into goal by Shakeel Abbasi.

Warriors cut the scores in the 57th minute off their first penalty corner; Dutch import Looijem Melchior sending his low drag flick to the boards.

But there was no denying Orissa as they struck back scoring two goals in the space of two minutes.
In the 58th minute, Shakeel Abbasi, put in by Ignace Tirkey, found the target to make it 3-1.

In the very next minute, Orissa made it 4-1 with Ignace once again feeding the ball to Shakeel Abbasi. This time Shakeel cut into the circle and gave a back pass into the goalmouth as Damandeep Singh knocked in the open goal.
Warriors scored a consolation goal in the 62nd minute with Looijem scoring again with his waist-high drag flick from the second short corner.

Shakeel Abbasi was declared man of the match. Orissa, after five matches have eight points with a match to go while Maratha Warriors are on seven points after four matches. They still have two more matches to play.

Hi-Fliers cruise past Veerans
December 29, 2007

Former champions Bangalore Hi-Fliers took a step closer to the semi-finals when they beat Chennai Veerans 4-2 in their PHL match in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Veerans, with four consecutive losses, are out of the reckoning for a semifinal berth.

Veerans took the lead in the 14th minute, with drag-flick specialist Raghunath converting their only penalty corner with a powerful flick to the right corner of the net.

But Hi-fliers equalized quickly. In the 17th minute, Arjun Halappa sent a cross into the goalmouth from the right corner of the field and Cheyanna received it near the far post and sidestepped defender Vikramjit Singh to get the equalizer.

Bangalore earned the first of their three short corners in the 40th minute.

Len Aiyappa's drag flick beat an outstretched Sreejesh in the Chennai goal but the goal-bound ball hit the shoulder of Chennai defender Raghunath as the umpire Parnam Singh consulted the TV umpire and gave a penalty stroke. Len Aiyappa made no mistake from the spot shooting to the right of the goalkeeper. (2-1)

Veerans got the equalizer in the 49th minute when Suresh sent a long pass into the circle to Adam Sinclair tapped into the goal.

Five minutes later, Bangalore snatched the lead after Korean Hyo-sik sent a cross into the circle which attempted to score but as the ball rolled away, Cheyanna darted in and made it 3-2.

With Chennai going all out for the equaliser, Bangalore Hi-Fliers increased the margin when Hari Prasad shot home the fourth goal.

Cheyanna, who scored two goals, was awarded the man of the match.

Sandeep's double-strike
December 28, 2007

Chandigarh Dynamos, powered by a double-strike by Sandeep Singh, edged past Sher-e-Jallandhar 2-1 in a fiercely-fought encounter in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

Sher’s drew first blood when Jugraj Singh sent a long ball into the rival 25-area to put Mandeep Singh who gave it to Gurvinder Chandi. The hit deflected off a defender’s stick and came to Jarnail who dodged past Dynamos defender Sandeep Singh and crashed a reverse hit onto the boards to beat Dynamos' custodian Baljit Singh.

Stung by the goal, Dynamos tore the Shers defence. But the penalty corners were not on target as Sandeep Singh failed to get the correct angle.

But off the fifth penalty corner, he sent a waist-high flick to the left of goalkeeper Salman Akbar to post the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

Dynamos piled on the pressure when Sandeep Singh found the target from the ninth and last penalty corner just three minutes before the hooter.

Dynamos' centre-half Ghazanfar Ali was declared as man of the match for his brilliant midfield play.

Tough win for Fliers
December 27, 2007

Bangalore Hi-Fliers kept hopes of a semi-final alive with a tough 2-1 victory over Hyderabad Sultans in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Bangalore shot ahead in the 23rd minute. After the exchange between Cheyanna and Arjun, the ball came to Korea’s You-Hyo sik who deflected it into goal.

Sultans equalised in the 46th minute. Didar Singh scoring from a hand-shaking distance.

Bangalore found the match-winner in the 60th minute. Vinay’s cross found Tushar in the striking circle whose shot got the match wrapped up.

After four matches each, Bangalore Hi-Fliers now head the table with 8 points while Hyderabad Sultans remain on five.
Tushar Khandekar was declared man of the match.

Steelers thrash Veerans
December 26, 2007

Defending champions Orissa Steelers thrashed Chennai Veerans 3-0 to record their first outright win in the fourth edition of the Pemier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Chennai thus suffered their third straight loss and are at the bottom of the seven-team table while Orissa have five points from four matches. Warriors are leading the table with 7 points with Chandigarh Dynamos in the second place with 6.

Hyderabad Sultans, Sher-e-Jallandhar and Bangalore Hi-Fliers now share the third spot with Orissa Steelers with five points each.
Orissa took the lead in the 26th minute. Prabodh advanced and put Eliazer Lakra in possession whose reverse hit from top of the circle entered the Veerans goal.

In the 41st minute, Birender Lakra’s shot was blocked but Sunil Ekka took the rebound and tapped in for the 2nd goal.
In the 42nd minute, Roshan Minz sent a cross to Joga Singh who didn’t committ a mistake.

William Xalxo was declared man of the match.

Shers stop Warriors
December 25, 2007

Sher-e-Jallandhar beat Maratha Warriors defeating them 5-4 in the sudden death to earn two points in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League under lights at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium on Christmas Day.

After the teams were tied 1-1 in the regulation time, the extra-time of 10 minutes for silver goal failed to decide the winner and the tie-breaker was resorted to. Even in the tie-breaker, only two each were successful. In the sudden death, Gurvinder Chandi converted the first chance for Shers while Shivender too was successful for Maratha Warriors.

In the next try, Sarvanjit Singh found the target for Shers. But Shivender Singh failed for Maratha Warriors with Shers' custodian Salman Akbar of Pakistan saving his first shot and then forcing him to shoot wide in his second attempt in the eight seconds allowed for each stroke.

In the tie-breaker Viren Rasquinha, Shivender Singh were successful for Warriors while Bharat Chikara, Gurbaj Singh and Girish Pimpale failed. For Shers, Gurvinder Chandi and Sarvanjit Singh found the target while Don Prinse, Gurvinder Singh and Yudhvir messed up their 'strokes'.
In regulation time, a bout of passing between Kanwalpreet, Gagan and Gurvinder ensured a good ball for Jarnail to give the lead to Shers.
In the 58th minute, Kweeom Moon had the ball facing the Shers goal and he gave a back pass to Vikram who got the equaliser.

Pakistani stalwart Salman Akbar, guarding the goal for Sher-e-Jallandhar got the man-of-the-match award.

Shers, who got two points from this match, have five points after three matches while Warriors are leading the table with seven points after same number of matches.

Fliers stunning come-back
December 25, 2007

Two goals down, former champions Bangalore Hi-Fliers staged a superb come-back by winning a thrilling contest 3-2 against Chandigarh Dynamos 3-2 in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Stadium on Christmas Day.

Chandigarh Dynamos took the lead and consolidated it, stricking twice in the space of three minutes with drag flicker Sandeep Singh netting two stunning goals from their two short corners in the 10 th and 12th minutes.

In the 23rd minute, Bangalore had a penalty corner. Baljit Singh blocked Len Aiyappa's low flick but Bangalore's Korean import You Hyo-sik converted the rebound.

Bangalore scored the equaliser in the 37th minute. Vinay made the ball for Arjun who relayed it to Michael who after going past two players passed to Tushar. Seeing that the goalkeeper was coming out, Tushar gave it to Hyo-sik who tapped in the goal.

In the 67th minute, Bangalore earned their 4th penalty corner. Len’s flick was blocked by goalkeeper Baljit Singh but Cheyanna picked up the rebound to smash home the match-winner.

Bangalore's You Hyo-sik was declared man of the match. After three matches each, Bangalore have five points while Chandigarh Dynamos remain on six points.

Sultans take two points
December 24, 2007

Hyderabad Sultans, leading for a major part of the match and then forced into a tie-breaker by Orissa Steelers managed to garner two points winning the battle of 'strokes' 4-3 in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey stadium under lights in Chandigarh on Monday.

After being goalless in the first two quarters, Hyderabad Sultans scored from their first penalty corner in the 40th minute and took the lead. But Orissa fought back and notched the equaliser five minutes before the hooter to push the match into the extra-time.

After extra-time failed to yeild a goal, the match went into the tie-breaker.

For Hyderabad, Sardar Singh and Pramod Kumar who took the first two strokes were successful while both Prabodh Tirkey and Ajitesh Roy failed for Orissa. However, the next two for Hyderabad, Didar Singh and Chengappa messed up things and Orissa's Kim Chul and Roshan Minz converted to make the scores 2-2 after four strokes.

Pawal Lakra made no mistake for Hyderabad scoring through Orissa goalie's legs and all eyes were on Joga Singh, the last man for Orissa. Hyderabad's custodian Oscar Tar Weme stretched and saved with his left palm to signal victory for Hyderabad.

Hyderabad goalkeeper, Oscar Tar Weme, who also made a couple of good saves in the regulation time was declared man of the match for his save in the shoot out.

Shers cruise to easy win
December 23, 2007

Sher-e-Jallandhar opened their account with a 2-0 win over Chennai Veerans in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

In the third quarter, Dilawar Hussain sent a reverse pass to an unmarked Gagan Ajit Singh who shot into the goal beating Veerans' custodian Sreejesh to put Shers in the lead.

Three minutes later, Shers converted their third penalty corner to make it 2-0; Jugraj trying and succeeeding with an indirect variation.

Dilawar Hussain of Pakistan was declared man of the match.

Shers, who lost to Hyderabad Sultans 0-3 in their opener, now have three points from two matches. For Veerans this is the second straight defeat after their 1-4 loss to Maratha Warriors on Day 2.

Warriors go past Fliers

December 23, 2007

Maratha Warriors beat Bangalore Hi-Fliers 2-0 to record their 2nd successive victory in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

After an equally fougth first quarter, Warriors increased the pressure that got them four short corners. The lead came in the 61st minute off the 8th penalty corner. Dhananjay Mahadik’s direct hit beat Chetri in the Bangalore goal.

A minute later, Warriors struck their second goal. Quick passes between the Warriors forwards saw the ball being relayed to Korean import Kweeom Moon who darted into the circle, went past the advancing goalkeeper and shot in.

Vikram Pillay was declared man of the match.

Prabhjot stars for Dynamos
December 22, 2007

Local star Prabhjot Singh’s double-strike helped Chandigarh Dynamos notch up their second straight victory in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League with a 2-0 win over Orissa Steelers at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Dynamos scored in the 3rd minute after Inderjit Singh Chadha created a move with Deepak Thakur who passed to Rajpal. Rajpal’s shot was deflected in by Prabhjot.

Just before the end of the 3rd quarter, Orissa allowed in a goal against the run of play. After a bout of passing between Rajpal and Deepak Thakur, Jaswinder sent in a weak shot and just as Orissa goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh about to clear it, Prabhjot darted into stretch and deflect the ball into goal.

Orissa now have one point for stretching their match against Bangalore to extra-time while Chandigarh Dynamos lead the table with six points. In PHL, if a match goes to extra time the winner will get two points and the losers, one point.

Prabhjot Singh was declared man of the match.

Sultans thrash Shers
December 22, 2007

Hyderabad Sultans showed terrific form as they beat Sher-e-Jalandhar 3-0 in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Sultans rode on a double-strike by Pawal Lakra and then added one more through a penalty corner flick by Diwakar Ram towards the end to bag full points. Earlier, they lost 0-1 in the opener to Chandigarh Dynamos.

Eight minutes into the third quarter, Sultans forged ahead from a brilliant field goal. Bikas Toppo sped into the circle, passed to Pawal Lakra who shit in without any trouble. (1-0)

In the 59th minute, Saradara went on a solo before giving it to his brother Didar whose shot was blocked by Salman Akbar but the ball slipped below his pads. Pawal Lakra picked it up and tapped in for the second goal.

With five minutes to go for the hooter, Nitin set up the fifth penalty corner for Diwakar Ram to execute a low flick onto the boards.
Pawal Lakra was declared man of the match.

Fliers beat Steelers
December 21, 2007

Sandeep Michael starred for Hi-Fliers as he beat goalkeeper Gurpreet, scoring the last chance in the tie-breaker, to record a fine victory for Bangalore over the defending champions Steelers in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

At the end of regulation time, both the teams were locked two-all and failed to resolve the dead-lock in the 10-minute extra-time for the silver goal. Thus the shoot-out was held to resolve the tie with five from each side getting eight seconds each to score the goal facing one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

In the shoot-out, brothers Ignace Tirkey and Prabodh Tirkey were successful for Orissa while Vimal and Arjun Halappa were on target for Bangalore. Then Shakeel missed his chance for Orissa and with Tushar Khandekar too failing in his attempt, the scores were level after three attempts each.

Then Roshan Minz converted for Orissa and Vikramkanth too was successful for Bangalore and the honours were even with each team having once chance. From the last try, William Xalxo’s attempt was saved by Bangalore goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and all eyes were on Bangalore’s last man, Sandeep Michael. Sandeep darted in, pulled the rival goalkeeper to the right, and scooped over him to trigger celebrations in the Bangalore camp.

Orissa took the lead in the 25th minute when Eliazer Ekka dribbled away from Hi-Fliers’ defender Len Aiyappa, turned around and sent in a blinder to beat Bharat Chetri in the Bangalore goal.

Bangalore kept attacking and the efforts paid off in the 41st minute. Len Aiyappa’s drag flick struck a defender on the body and the resultant penalty corner was flicked in powerfully by Len to equalise scores at 1-1.

Orissa took the lead once again in the 58th minute converting the third of their five penalty corners. Birender took the push and Ignace set the stage for William Xalxo, who sounded the boards with a direct hit.
With just two minutes to go, Len was again the hero as his penalty corner deflected off a stick and nestled into the top corner of the net.
Hi-Fliers’ custodian Bharat Chetri won the man of the match award.

Butt powers Warriors
December 21, 2007

Former Pakistan captain Rehan Butt’s brilliance powered Maratha Warriors to a super 4-1 win over Chennai Veerans in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

Warriors took the lead in the 19th minute following a move on the right flank when Rehan Butt moved into the circle, turned around and shot a stunning reverse hit that went past Veerans' custodian Sreejesh.

Warriors made it 2-0 three minutes before the half-time. Rehan and Shivender combined well and moved together on the right flank. Rehan gave a short pass to Shivender near the circle and with the defence out of place Shivender relayed the ball to an unmarked Bharat Chikaria who scored.

Four minutes into the third quarter, Chennai Veerans Raghunath fired in a penalty corner to the roof of the net to beat goalkeeper Adrian in the Maratha goal and cut the scores to 1-2.

Veerans missed another penalty corner but the counter-attack gave the opportunity to Rehan Butt who finished it off with a brilliant goal in the 45 th minute as Warriors led 3-1.

Warriors fourth goal came in the 55th minute. Rehan Butt gave the ball to Vikram Pillay who passed it onto Chikaria. Seeing the goalkeeper rush out, Chikaria gave it to Shivender who shot home for 4-1.

Rehan was declared man of the match.

Sandeep fires for Dynamos
December 20, 2007

Local heroes Chandigarh Dynamos did enough in front of six thousand fans to edge out Hyderabad Sultans at the Sector 42 hockey stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday. Sandeep Singh scored the match-winner in the 25th minute.

The first quarter saw an even exchange with ball possession also remaining on an even note. Prabjot Singh, Rajpal and Deepak cut into the Hyderabad circle but the act wasn't getting them the goal.

Chandigarh Dynamos scored in the second quarter with Sandeep Singh converting a penalty stroke which eventually turned out to be the match-winner. Sultan's Nitin Kumar blocked Prabhjot from the wrong side as umpire VB Singh gave Dynamos a stroke in the 25th minute. It was an easy conversion for Sandeep and Dynamos went onto gain full points from their first match.

Sultans could have equalised if Sardara and Bikas had not missed some sharp chances but that all-important equaliser couldn't come.

Sandeep Singh was declared man of the match.





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