With BPCL defeating Air India 3-1, the semi-final line-up of the 88th All India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2013 is confirmed. It will be inter-oil i.e. IOCL vs BPCL and inter-bank i.e. PNB vs IOB in the semi-finals at Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium at Egmore in Chennai on Saturday, 21st September (Detailed schedule and results here).
The defending co-champions Air India failed to make it final four after losing to SAIL (2-5) and BPCL (1-3) in pool stage and finished 3rd in their Pool B behind PNB and BPCL. PNB and BPCL have lost one match each in the pool stage as PNB sneaked ahead on 1st place with better goal difference.
The defending co-champions of MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup, IOCL progressed to semi finals with four wins from four matches, while IOB finished 2nd in their Pool A with just one defeat to IOCL (1-3) and winning three other matches to make it semi finals.
In the concluding and important match of pool stage, Pundalik Bellary scored a brace (5″-FG; 50″-FG) and Gurpreet added one in 46th minute for BPCL while Air India got their lone goal as OWN Goal in 61st minute.
The Points Table of 88th All India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2013
Pool A :
Pool B :