Lucknow, 02 February 2013: Uttar Pradesh Wizards outplayed Dabur Mumbai Magicians in bottom of the table clash to strengthen their chances of making to semi-finals. This 2-0 defeat against Wizards at Lucknow, is a big blow to the Magicians’ hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the Hero Hockey India League.
Goals from Pardeep Mor and Siddharth Shankar made the difference for the hosts, Wizards, who now are at fourth place 8 points ahead of Magicians with 22 points.
Both the teams began the match on a cautions note, with the play stuck in midfield. Neither of the team was ready to go for an all out attack, and were trying to maintain their shape. It all changed in the ninth minute though, when the hosts took the lead. Under a little bit of pressure from a Wizards’ player, Glenn Simpson made a poor clearance, which was collected by Pardeep Mor at the top of the Magicians’ circle. Mor took a couple of steps towards the ball, and smashed it in the top right corner, giving Magicians’ goalie Sreejesh absolutely no chance. This was Mor’s first goal of the tournament. Continue reading →