Pune: Tauqeer scored the lone goal of the final, just five minutes from close and handed KD Singh Babu team from Lucknow the 114th Aga Khan Cup hockey title after a tense final against Pune City Police at the Major Dhyan Chand Poligras Stadium in Nehrunagar, Pimpri, on Saturday.
The Lucknow team carrying the name of the legendary hockey player from Uttar Pradesh weathered all attacks from Pune City Police through the first half in the 114th Aga Khan Cup all-India Hockey tournament as their defence stood firm before Tauqeer came up with the winner.
It all went down to the wire when the match entered second half but goal from either side was hard to come by. Finally Manish set up a move in the 55th minute and set up Tauqeer upfront in the scoring semi-circle. Tauqeer made mistakes in guiding the ball into the post for the deserving win.
Earlier, both the teams wasted seven penalty corners together, four by Lucknow and three by Pune City Police, that really made all the difference in the outcome of the match.
Lucknow had missed three penalty corners before Tauqeer’s goal and then one in the 58th minute. Pune City Police, which has missed converting two penalty corners, first in the eighth minute and second in ninth, will rue messing up the chance that came just a minute before the end of the regulation time.
Kids XI women win
Rakshanda and Pratima Singh scored two goals apiece as Kids XI blanked opponents St Claire’s High School 4-0 to win the Women’s Open title in the Aga Khan Cup hockey tournament.
In one of the keenly-contested final though the score-line does to portray the same story, Kids XI showed they had better arsenal on their side-specially Rakshanda, who latched on to the opportunity early on to put pressure on St Claire’s.
Rakshanda directed the ball into the goal when she received a pass from Neha in the fourth minute of the encounter as Kids XI went 1-0 up.
Pratima Singh fired home the second goal for Kids XI in the 8th minute when Rutika set her up. Kids XI gave no time to St Claire’s to regroup as Rakshanda again found the target two minute after the second goal when Greta sent up a neat pass in the 10th minute of the match.
Pratima round off the tally in the 12th minute on a move started by Anushka, who sent a clear pass to see the ball land in the goal post for 4-0 winning lead.
PCMC schools win
Boys teams from the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area won three age group titles by defeating their respective competitors on the final day of action.
The PCMC schools won the boy’s titles in Under-19, Under-17 and Under-14 age groups, while the girls title in Under-14 went to a school from Satara.
The PCMC school was tied goalless at the end of the regulation time against a Dhule School before winning the tie-breaker 3-1 with Jadhav, Naresh and Ajay Gote scoring for the home team. Dhule was beset by the misses as Shaikh Adim and Adnan msessed up their chances and only Sandesh could score. The last try taken by Sachin also went amiss.
In the Under-17 boys final, Rishikesh Mandale struck twice, finding targets in the 2nd and 12th minutes, while Nilesh Kamble (4th) and Shekhar Shinde (7th) scored to blank Modern School 4-0.
The Under-14 category saw participation from both boys and girls teams and it was yet again PCMC school that annexed the title in the boys section. Playing against St Urusla’s High School, the PCMC School was buoyed by Shekhar Shinde’s brace after Ganesh Athawale (2nd) and Ganesh Ukarde (8th) scored early goals to put their team 2-0 ahead.
The girl’s final saw KSB Shanbhag Vidyalaya, Satara, clinch the Under-14 title by beating St Ursula’s High School 1-0.
Men: KD Singh Babu Team, Lucknow 1 (Tauqeer 55th) beat Pune City Police 0.
Women: Kids XI 4 (Rakshanda 4th, 10th, Pratima Singh 8th, 12th) beat St Claire’s High School 0.
Boys: PCMC School 0 beat Dhule 0. Tie-break: 3 (Jadhav, Naresh, Ajay Gote)- 1(Sandesh).
Boys: PCMC School 4 (Rishikesh Mandale 2nd, 12th, Nilesh Kamble 4th, Shekhar Shinde 7th) beat Modern School 0.
Boys: PCMC School 4 (Ganesh Athawale 2nd, Ganesh Ukarde 8th, Shekhar Shinde 10th, 12th) beat St Ursula’s High School 0.
Girls: KSB Shanbhag Vidyalaya, Satara 1 (Ankita Kumbhar 16h) beat St Ursula High School 0.