Income Tax win Late Krishnan Appa title
Three minutes later Aspat Academy drew levels when Shubham Thakur netted. The score remained unchanged thereafter and ended in a tie.
PUNE: Income Tax scored a hard fought ‘shoot out’ win over Prabhakar Aspat Academy to clinch the 3rd Late Krishnan Appa Memorial Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Pimpri on Wednesday.
In a closely contested final, Income Tax opened the scoring through Vikram Singh (36th) ti go one up.
Three minutes later Aspat Academy drew levels when Shubham Thakur netted. The score remained unchanged thereafter and ended in a tie. In the ensuing shoot out, Roshan Rathod and Rahul Sander scored for Income Tax, while Atish Shirke was the lone success for Aspat Academy.
Earlier in the semifinals, Income Tax staged a comeback win over Railway Police winning 5-4 after trailing by a goal at the half way stage.
Later, Prabhakar Aspat Academy won a tight last-4 game against Excellence Academy 3-2. The prizes were given away at the hands of Farook Shaikh, RPI Leader and Olympian Vikram Pillay in the presence of Suraj Karkara, Indian Team Goalkeeper. Also present were Tournament Director Stanley D’Souza, Shridharan Thamba, Tournament Organiser, Secretary. Devdas Martin, Govind Swami Pillay, Firoz Shaikh, Bunty Chouhan, Sanju Menon, Sudhir Aspat.
Income Tax: 1,2 ( Vikram Singh 36th; Roshan Rathod, Rahul Sander) bt Prabhakar Aspat Academy: 1,1 (Shubuam Thakur 39th; Atish Shirke)
SF1: Income Tax, Pune: 5 (Nitin Kumar 23rd, Gaurav Pawar 32nd, Vikram Singh 35th, Ashutosh Lingesh 42nd, Chirag Mane 55th) bt Railway Police, Pune: 4 (Amol Bhosale 21st, Vinod Nimbore 29th, Felix Ba 33rd, Prithviraj Salunke 37th). HT: 1-2 UI
SF2: Prabhakar Aspat Academy: 3 (Swapnil Dhere 35th, Akshay Rajput 50th, P Naik 58th) bt Excellency Academy: 2 (Reuben Kedari 24th, Vineet Kamble 52nd). HT: 1-1.