PUNE: A four goal effort by Atharwa Kamble helped Income Tax defeat Rovers Academy 9-3 to enter the quarterfinals of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hockey Tournament in progress at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Pimpri on Tuesday.
Kamble who was in good form, stole the show scoring in the 12th, 19th, 44th and 47th minutes which helped his team dominate proceedings. After Atharwa opened the scoring, Pradeep Mor added one goal to the tally in the 14th minute converting a penalty corner. Later Ashish Chetty (17th) made it 3-0 before Atharwa (19th) added another to sit pretty with a 4-0 margin.
Rovers Academy, who were unfortunate to not take the lead when Aditya Rasal hit over, pulled one back through Sufiyan Shaik (28th) off a penalty corner to end the first half.
The second half was a seven-goal affair, with Income Tax adding three more in a span of seventeen minutes via Pradeep (40th), Atharwa (44th & 47th) to open up a 7-1 lead.
Rovers added their second when Rahul Rasal (49th) scored, but Income Tax added another when Sonu Dayal (52nd) made it 8-2. Rahul (56th) made it 8-3 for Rovers, before Santosh Kasture (59th) helped Income Tax record the highest score of the event.
Earlier, Super XI boys were in total control on a hot afternoon as they downed Raja Bangla SC 7-0.
Rohan Pawar from Super XI struck thrice in the 14th, 24th and 48th minutes contributing in the 7-0 win over Raja Bangla SC. In the first half, Rohan’s brace opened a 2-0 advantage early.
In the second half, Roshan Musale (34th) made it 3-0, before Rohan returned to knock in his third and his teams’ fourth goal. A brace by Amol Bhosale (44th, 58th) and Krishna Musale (50th) rounded up the tally.
In the last match of the day, Excellency Academy downed PCMC XI 7-1.
Rajendra Pawar (1st), Vinit Kamble (4th), Monish Chavan (5th), Romesh Pillay (14th), Ganesh Patil (37th), Satish Patil (39th), Sashikant B (44th) scored for the winners while PCMC XI ahd Abhishek Mane (19th) pull one back.
Super XI: 7 (Rohan Powar 14th, 24th, 48th; Roshan Musale 34th; Amol Bhosale 44th, 58th; Krishna Musale 50th) bt Raja Bangla SC: 0. HT: 2-0
Income Tax, Pune: 9 (Atharwa Kamble 12th, 19th, 44th, 47th; Pradeep Mor 14th, 40th; Ashish Chetty 17th; Sonu Dalal 52nd; Santoshj Kasture 59th) bt Rovers Academy: 3 (Sufiyan Shaikh 25th; Rahul Rasal 49th, 56th). HT: 4-1
Excellency Academy: 7 (Rajendra Pawar 1st; Vinit Kamble 4th; Monish Chavan 5th; Romesh Pillay 14th; Ganesh Patil 37th; Satish Patil 39th; Sashikant B 44th) bt PCMC XI: 1 (Abhishek Mane 19th). HT: 4-1.