Pune: Two police teams and city teams from Bhopal and Lucknow featuring former India campers stormed into the semifinals after winning their quarterfinal encounters in contrasting styles, in the Men’s Open section in the 114th Aga Khan Cup Hockey Tournament at the Major Dhyan Chand Poligras Stadium in Nehrunagar, Pimpri, on Wednesday.
Pune City Police and the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) will join Bhopal and Lucknow in the semifinals, which are scheduled to be played on Friday after Thursday’s rest day.
Pune City Police had the tough task of first completing Tuesday’s unfinished match against Green Meadows, but with a team from Itarasi failing to report in time, this match itself was redesignated as a quarterfinal.
Prolific scorer Kunal Jagdale dug hard as the Pune City Police was forced to play a catch-up game after Bhagwan Pawar put Green Meadows ahead in the 17th minute.
Both the teams tried hard to find the target after Jagdale scored an equaliser on a pass from Jagdish Kasture in the 38th minute, but the winning goal remained elusive forcing the match into tie-breaker.
For Police Police, Jagdale, Sudhir Sutke and Indal Suryavanshi scored, while Ganesh Girjgosavi and Gaurav Kamble missed.
For Green Meadows Abhishek Swami and Sagar Gaikwad, who took the third and fourth strikes, scored but Bhagwan Pawar, Vikas Karande and Navjot Singh failed to find the target.
Bhopal rode on to goals from Sahil (37th), Adnan (39th) and Faheem (48th) to beat Railway Police 3-2 in the first quarterfinal.
Bhopal was forced to make a rally after Aniket Sapkal put Railway Police 1-0 up in the 30th minute. Sahil and Adnan struck two minutes apart to give Bhopal a leg up before Uday Baramatikar (47th) added spice by scoring an equaliser (2-2).
Faheem then found the target in the 48th minute steer Bhopal into the semifinals.
The second match saw the State Reserve Police Force beat the team from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) 5-1 with five players inscribing their names on the scoresheet.
Rahul Mahekar (4th), Ashish Chopade (10th), Rahul Mahekar (18th), Mosin Pathan (34th) and Parmeshwar Jadhav (46th) scored for the SRPF. For PCMC Anand Gaikwad scored in the 27th minute when his team was 0-3 down.
Lucknow then made an easy work of Aurangabad thanks to goals from Anish (10th), Mukesh (19th) and Tauqeer (29th). For Aurangabad, Naseem scored on a penalty stroke in the 27th minute.
On Friday, Pune City Police meets SRPF, while Bhopal takes on Lucknow.
Bhopal 3 (Sahil 37th, Adnan 39th, Faheem 48th) beat Railway Police 2 (Aniket Sapkal 30th, Uday Baramatikar 47th).
SRPF 5 (Rahul Mahekar 4th, Ashish Chopade 10th, Rahul Mahekar 18th, Mosin Pathan 34th, Parmeshwar Jadhav 46th) beat PCMC 1 (Anand Gaikwad 27th).
Lucknow 3 (Anish 10th, Mukesh 19th, Tauquer 29th) beat Aurangabad 1 (Naseem 27th).
Pune City Police 1 (Kunal Jagdale 38th) beat Green Meadows 1 (Bhagwan Pawar 17th). Tie-break 3 (Kunal Jagdale, Sudhir Sutke, Indal Suryavanshi)-2 (Abhishek Swami, Sagar Gaikwad).
- Pune City Police v SRPF
- Bhopal v Lucknow