Pune: Khadki-based Priyadarshini SC and Hockey United rode on four-goal efforts by Abdul Salmani and Sartaj Alam respectively to book their berths in the quarterfinals of the Pune Mayor Cup Hockey Championship 2018, at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi, here on Thursday.
Joining them were Kolhapur XI and 2 Maratha Light Infantry on a day when 33 goals were scored and also saw three district teams exit.
Kolhapur XI pulled off a surprise scoring an exciting 4-3 victory over Railway Police. Milind Malai (18th) and Mukund Rajput (26th) helped Kolhapur XI take a 2-1 lead at the breather despite Jagdish Kasture (20th) pulling one back for the cops.
Changing ends, Kolhapur made it 3-1 through skipper Rahit Redkar (41st) which was cut short by the cops via Amol Bhosale (43rd). Rohan Powar (50th) made it 4-2 and Jagdish struck three minutes from full time to end the seven goal thriller.
In the first match, Abdul’s two-goal-in-each half effort helped Priyadarshini S.C win 8-3 against Aurangabad XI. Chirag Mane (11th) opened the team’s account; Abdul made it 3-0 and Pranav Mane (24th) accounted for the fourth. Just before half time Aurangabad XI pulled one back through Akash Jamdhade (27th).
On resumption, Chirag and Abdul doubled the Priyadarshini SC score-line. Aurangabad did fight back through a goal each by Mahendra C. (42nd) and Aamid Khan (47th) but ran
out of steam.
Kolhapur XI: 4 (Milind Malai 18th; Mukund Rajput 26th; Rahit Redkar 41st; Rohan Powar 50th) b Railway Police: 3 (Jagdish Kasture 20th, 57th; Amol Bhosale 43rd).
Priyadarshini S.C: 8 ( Chirag Mane 11th, 41st, 57th; Abdul Salmani 14th, 22nd, 32nd, 59th; Pranav Mane 24th) b Aurangabad XI: 3 (Akash Jamdhade 27th; Mahendra C. 42nd; Aamid Khan 47th).
2 Maratha Light Infantry: 7 (Akash Patil 24th, 33rd; Nilesh Wadkar 26th, 36th, 41st; Sachin Shinde 28th, 59th) b Nashik XI: 1 (Aditya Gawde 49th).
Hockey United: 7 (Sunny Demme 11th; Sartaj Alam 28th, 34th, 60th, 57th; Sufiyan Shaikh 22nd, 54th) b Sangli XI: 0.