The fourth day of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship turned out to be a goal fest as progressed as Mumbai defeated Jharkhand in last match by 7-5, while earlier in the day Uttar Pradesh sneaked past Punjab 1-0 and hosts Karnataka beat Manipur 4-1.
In the first match of day, Uttar Pradesh scored a narrow victory over Punjab with the help of Prem Kumar’s goal in 1st half (28th Minute), while hosts Captain Deepak Bijwad’s brace (1st and 20th Minutes) aided by a goal each from Biju Yirkal (10th Minute) and Naveen Kumar (37th Minute) helped hosts Karnataka to secure their 1st win in the tournament as they defeated Manipur 4-1. Starun scored the only goal for Manipur in 7th Minute to equalize after Karnataka had scored in very first minute of the game. Hosts Karnataka were earlier held by Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh for draws, while Manipur had lost their opening game to Jharkhand.
In the last of game of the day, Mumbai Roshan Keishan opened the floodgates when struck the first goal of match in 8th minute, but Jharkhand replied within two minutes via John Minz. In the very next minute (11th Minute), Mumbai’s Ravi Pareek found the target to earn lead for his team once again. Jharkhand’s Dilbar Toppa scored in 13th Minute to restore the parity once again.
Deepak Soreng of Jharkhand found the target twice in 17th and 23rd minute earn two goals cushion for his team, but Roshan struck once again in 27th minute to reduce the margin to 4-3 in favor of Jharkhand which stood till half time.
Mumbai took 10 more minutes after lemon break to equalize through captain Victo Singh and the score 3 quick goals through Laxman Rao, Ravi Pareek (his 2nd of the match) and Victo Singh (his 2nd of the match) in 56th, 59th and 60th Minute to go ahead 7-4 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Jharkhand tried to reduce the margin and could earn only a consolation in dying moments of the game through Deepak Soreng (his 3rd of the game) in 68th minute.
Tommorrow’s schedule(Full Schedule and Results):
Manipur vs Punjab – 2.30 pm
U.P vs Mumbai – 04.30 pm