13 March 2014: Tamil Nadu registered their first win in the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) being played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, as they defeated Food Corporation of India 4-3 to open up the competition in Pool D.
Also, after suffering a 5-2 loss in their first game against Uttar Pradesh, Hockey Odisha registered their first win by defeating Karnataka by 3-1 on board.
Hockey Odisha clearly learned from their previous mistakes and played an inspiring game against Karnataka. Committing one error Hockey Odisha lost a chance to win by a clean 3-0 as Karnataka’s Biddappa B.S successfully utilized the opportunity to convert the penalty corner in the 24th minute of the game. On the other hand, Hockey Odisha’s Amon Mirash Tirkey, Deepak Kullu and Dispan Tirkey penetrated a goal each in the 12th, 56th and 60th minute of the match and led the team to a fantastic 3-1 win over Karnataka.
The 2nd and last match of the day of Division A, motivated with yesterday’s success, Food Corporation of India displayed a confident attitude and showed brilliant skills in the first half of the game as they dominated the match with 2-1 on board with successful attempts by Ganendrajit Ningomban in the 15th minute and Munish Rana in the 23rd minute, till the half time.
The second half of the game saw Munish Rana converting a penalty corner in the 45th minute and banking another goal to his credit, but the team ultimately failed to leverage on the opportunities. Alternatively, S. Monoj of Tamil Nadu tried leveling the scores with Food Corporation of India in the 21st minute in the first half itself, but it was V. Vinod Rayer’s and V. Raja’s field goals in 43rd and 63rd minute respectively and B Laxman Karan’s penalty corner conversion in the 61st minute which turned the tables of the match and led the team to a charming 4-3 win.
Today (13th March)’s Result
Pool C- Hockey Odisha 3 Amon Mrash Tirkey (12th min), Deepak Kullu (56th min) and Dipsan Tirkey (60th min) Vs. Karnataka 1 Biddappa B.S (24th min).
Pool D- Tamil Nadu 4 S. Monoj (21st min), V. Vinod Rayer (43rd min), B. Laxman Karan (61st min) and V. Raja (63rd min) Vs. Food Corporation of India 3 Ganendrajit Ningomban (15th min), Munish Rana (23rd and 45th min).
Tomorrow (14th March)’s schedule:
0700 HRS (POOL-A) SERVICES SPORTS CONTROL BOARD V/s ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES
0830 HRS (POOL-A) CHANDIGARH OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION V/s HOCKEY ANDHRA PRADESH
1430 HRS (POOL-B) SPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA V/s COMPTROLLER & AUDITOR GENERAL OF INDIA
1600 HRS (POOL-B) HOCKEY PUNJAB V/s MANIPUR HOCKEY