Pune: 2nd Maratha Light Infantry, Central Railway, Krida Prabodhini and Income Tax and Central Excise made it to the semifinals of the Pune Mayor Cup Hockey Championship 2018, at Balewadi Sports Complex on Friday.
2nd MLI downed Nanded XI 7-2, Central Railway downed Priyadarshini SC 4-0, Krida Prabodhini beat Hockey United and in an exciting quarterfinal, Income Tax and Central Excise and Kolhapur Xi shared four goals (2-2) at full time, before Income Tax won 4-3 via the ti-breaker.
Krida Prabodhini got off to a flying start with a huge 6-1 win over Hockey Lovers, which basically was due to a hat-trick by Talib Shaikh. Stung by an early goal scored by Dharam Pal (22nd), the Krida Prabodhini lads went on a scoring spree thereafter.
Talib (24th) put the games on levels and go into the breather. Thereafter, Talib netted two more, while Parmeshwar Pote (33rd, 40th) and Aniket Gurav (51st) completed the rest.
In the morning session, 2 Maratha Light Infantry continued their march with a huge 7-2 win over Nanded XI. The defence side got off to a flying start running up a 4-0 lead with just twelve minutes logged on the clock.
Ganesh Patil (2nd) knocked in a penalty-corner then Akash Patil (4th) and Nilesh Wadkar (9th) scored during regular play and then successful by Krishna Patil (12th) off a penalty-corner helped 2 MLI to a 4-0 advantage.
After the breather, Nanded XI pulled one back through Karanjeet Singha (42nd). But then 2 MLI had Ganesh net his second to make it 5-1. Praveen P (45th) added another for Nanded XI, but then a double strike between Akash (48th) and Krishna (52nd) - who netted his second from a penalty-corner sealed the
fate for Nanded XI.
Krida Prabodhini: 6 (Talib Shaikh 24th, 45th, 49th; Parmeshwar Pote 33rd, 40th; Aniket Gurav 51st) bt Hockey United: 1 (Dharam Pal 22nd). HT: 1-1
2nd Maratha Light 1nfantry: 7 (Ganesh Patil 2nd, 43rd; Akash Patil 4th, 48th; Nilesh Wadkat 9th; Krishna Patil 12th, 52nd) bt Nanded XI: 2 (Karanjeet Singha K 42nd; Praveen P 45th). HT: 4-0.
Central Railway: 4 (Vinod Nimbore 2nd; Bhushan Dhere 19th; Sashikant
Biranje 40th, 59th) b Priyadarshini Sports Centre: 0. HT: 2-0.
Income Tax & Central Excise: 2, 4 (Ashish Shetty 2nd; Ashutosh Lingesh 7th; Vikram Singh, Rahul Sander, Ashutosh Lingesh, Nitin Kumar) bt Kolhapur XI: 2, 3 (Mukund Rajput 24th; Rahit Redkar 53rd; Mukund Rajput, Sandip Sawant; Mayur Shinde). HT: 2-1.