PUNE: Pune City Police, the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and the team of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) scored contrasting wins in the Men’s Open section in the 114th Aga Khan Cup all-India Hockey Tournament at the Major Dhyan Chand Poligras Stadium in Nehrunagar, Pimpri, on Monday.
The PCMC Team rode on to three goals from Ajay Gote, two coming in the first half and one in the second, and braces from Naresh Charole and Abhishek Mane to blank Devrukh Ratnagiri 7-0, in the men’s section.
SRPF too scored one-sided 3-0 win over Jalgaon Hockey Association, but Pune City Police was taken to the distance by Rakshak, before the police team prevailed 4-2.
For PCMC, it was Ajay Gote who opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of the match and he scored the second goal too to make it 2-0 in the 18th minute, before Charole and Mane took over the goal-scoring chances.
Charole struck in the 27th minute to make it 3-0 before Mane’s first goal gave PCMC 4-0 lead in the 31st minute. Charole and Mane found the target second apart in the 32nd minute before Gote rounded off the tally in the 38th minute.
SRPF needed one goal each from Deepak Matai (20th), Mosin Pathan (22nd) and Rahul Mehakare (31st) to beat Jalgaon Hockey Association 3-0.
Then Pune City Police rallied from a goal down to beat Rakshak 4-2. Rakshak took the lead on the opening goal from Sandeep Ahiwale in the 17th minute before Jagdish Kishore found the equalizer in the 26th minute.
Rama Bavanahkar made it 2-1 in the 28th minute before Gaurav Kamble (30th) added more cushion to the lead (3-1).
Ahiwale found his brace in the 35th minute to add spice to the contest (3-2) before Kamble (38th) saved Pune Police from blushes.
In other matches, Green Meadows defeated Kids XI 5-0 thanks to goals from Bhagwan Pawar (18th), Pruthiv Jaukar (20th), Navjot Singh (23rd), Jitesh Panchal (36th) and Stephan Swamy 39th); and Metro SC rode on to the three goals from Alfaz Shaikh (14th, 21st and 32nd) to down Solapur 5-1.
In the inter-school matches, PCMC defeated Anglo Urdu School 7-0, St Ursula’s High School beat Genba Moze High School 3-2 by virtue of the tie-breaker.
PCMC 7 (Ajay Gote 2nd, 18th, 38th, Naresh Charole 27th, 32nd, Abhishek Mane 31st, 32nd, ) beat Devrukh, Ratnagiri 0.
Ratnagiri 2 (Saurav Dhavade 9th, Vikash Salvi 15th) beat Dhule 1 (Aadnan Shaikh 7th).
Pune City Police 4 (Jagdish Kishore 26th, Rama Bavanahkar 28th, Gaurav Kamble 30th, 38th) beat Rakshak 2 (Sandeep Ahiwale 17th, 35th).
Green Meadows 5 (Bhagwan Pawar 18th, Pruthiv Jaukar 20th, Navjot Singh 23rd, Jitesh Panchal 36th, Stephan Swamy 39th) beat Kids XI 0.
SRPF 3 (Deepak Matai 20th, Mosin Pathan 22nd, Rahul Mehakare 31st) beat Jalgaon Hockey Association 0.
Metro SC 5 (Alfaz Shaikh 14th, 21st, 32nd, Intessal Sayyed 17th, Abdul Patel 22nd) Solapur 1 (Vicky Paswan 38th).
Rakshak 3 (Sahil Sapkal 21st, 29th, 42nd) beat Modern 2 (Tanish Zumre 40th, Pranit Tambe 46th).
PCMC 7 (Kanjora Jadhav 6th, 7th, Nilesh Kamble 14th, 16th, Shrikanth Devkar 17th, Nagesh Waghmare 18th, Ashok Salve 19th) beat Anglo Urdu High School 0.
St Ursula’s High School 0 beat Genba Moze High School 0. Tie-break 3 (Jaskaran Arora, Tejas Musmade, Arvind Mirajkar)-2 (Anand Dukas, Tahir Shaikh).
SNBP Schol 4 (Tejas Sinnurkar 8th, Aakash Singh10th, S Dharia 13th, Abhishek Jadhav 17th) beat Jyoti School 2 (Rajnesh Chavan 9th, Zaid Shaikh 12th).
St Claire’s 1 (Ayesha Kazi 26th) beat Dhule District 0.