12 March 2014: Food Corporation of India (FCI) stunned Haryana by 4-1, Uttar Pradesh and Railways registered their 2nd wins while Bhopal started on winning note on the Day-2 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) beign played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.
Food Corporation of India made an impressive comeback on the second day after losing their first match against Railways yesterday and registered their very first win in the championship as they defeated Haryana by an inspiring 4-1 on board in Pool D. FCI was in no mood to settle down or give away goals to their opponent. The dominating attitude was visible from the very first half of the match as the Food Corporation of India led by 3-0 with Ganendrajit Ningomban, Sunil and Vikram striking a goal each in the 6th, 18th and 22nd minute of the first half, respectively.
Haryana’s Harpal Singh tried to restrict Food Corporation of India and even managed to convert a penalty stroke in the second half but could not stop Food Corporation of India’s Ganendrajit Ningomban from pocketing another goal at the 59th minute and finally lost the game to them by 4-1.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh registered their second consecutive win in Pool C by thrashing Jharkhand 4-1. Diwakar Ram continued his impressive game on the second day and went all out from the start and managed to convert two penalty corners in the 10th and 35th minute in first half itself and helped his team to dominate the game by 2-0 at the end of first half.
Jharkhand’s Chandan Aind tried to level it out in the second half of the match by converting a penalty stroke in the 41st minute but the team failed to stop Uttar Pradesh’s Jai Karan and Tushar Khandker who scored in a field goal each in the 44th and 60th minute, respectively.
In another match of Pool C, Hockey Bhopal claimed victory over Karnataka 1-0. The entire game witnessed one goal from Hockey Bhopal’s Akram Iqbal in the 4th minute. In the second half of the match, both the teams successfully restricted each other from scoring any goals and made sure their opponents were not allowed with any opportunities or loop holes.
In the last match of the day, Railway registered their second consecutive win in Pool D by defeating Tamil Nadu with a big margin of 6-0. Railway dominated the first half of the game with a 3-0 lead and climbed their way to victory with three more goals in the second half of the game.
Railway’s Malak Singh, Amit Rohidas and Vinod Kumar Singh proved to be the key players as they contributed two goals each to their credit in today’s match. For Railways, Malak Singh scored in the 2nd and 58th minute (field goal), Amit Rohidas in the 13th and 55th minute (penalty corner) and Vinod Kumar Singh in the 30th and 70th minute (field goal).
Today (12th March)’s Result
Pool D- Food Corporation Of India 4 Ganendrajit Ningomban (6th and 59th min), Sunil (16th min) and Vikram (22nd min) Vs. Haryana 1 Harpal Singh (45th min).
Pool C- Uttar Pradesh 4 Diwakar Ram (10th and 35th min), Jai Karan (44th min) and Tushar Khandker (60th min) Vs. Jharkhand 1 Chandan Aind (41st min)
Pool C- Hockey Bhopal 1 Akram Iqbal (4th min) Vs. Karnataka 0.
Pool D- Railway 6 Malak Singh (2nd and 58th min), Amit Rohidas (13th and 55th min) and Vinod Kumar Singh (30th and 70th min) Vs. Tamil Nadu 0.
Tomorrow (13th March)’s schedule
0700 HRS (POOL-C) HOCKEY ODISHA V/s KARNATAKA
0830 HRS (POOL-D) ANDAMAN & NICOBAR V/s HARYANA