Karnataka defeated Haryana to Finish 3rd in Senior Men’s National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Oct 2: Scoring once in each half, Karnataka defeated last year’s winners Haryana 2- 1 finish third in 2nd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship here on Tuesday.

MB Aiyappa receiving Man of the Match award from N. Sivasailam (MD, BMRC)

MB Aiyappa receiving Man of the Match award from N. Sivasailam (MD, BMRC)

For Karnataka, MB Aiyappa struck in the 24th minute from a goalmouth scramble following a left-wing move and in the 41st, skipper VR Raghunath converted a penalty corner before his counterpart Sardar Singh scored for Haryana with a reverse hit in the 60th.

In the play-off involving the 2011 finalists, Karnataka dominated and could have won by a bigger margin as they again wasted a few scoring chances while Haryana showed urgency and energy only late in the game. Continue reading →