Pune: Railway Police rode on to Aniket Sapkal’s brace and blanked Osmanabad 4-0, while a team of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) outsmarted Metro Club 3-2 and stormed into the quarterfinals in the Men’s Open section in the 114th Aga Khan Cup Hockey Tournament at the Major Dhyan Chand Poligras Stadium in Nehrunagar, Pimpri, on Tuesday.
Railway Police opened the scoring through Aniket Sapkal in the 10th minute before Harshwardhan Maske (23rd) and Akash Sapkal (27th) found the targets to give Railway Police 3-0 lead.
Railways police controlled the proceedings for most part before Aniket found his second goal in the 32nd minute to down Osmanabad 4-0 in the pre-quarterfinal match.
In another last 16 action, the PCMC team defeated Metro Club 3-2 all thanks to stunning goals from Abhishek Mane (14th), Ajay Gote (19th) and Nilesh Kamble (31st) that helped PCMC to race to 3-0 lead.
Some rearguard action from Metro Club saw them score two goals in a space of three minute when Zishan Shaikh struck in the 34th and 37th minutes, but Metro ran out of time when looking for an equaliser.
The late afternoon match between Pune City Police and Green Meadows was forced to be stopped due to bad light. The match will resume on Wednesday.
St Claires’ in Girls final
Sucheta Deshmukh and Ayesha Kazi scored a goal each to help their school, St Claires’ High School storm into the final of the Inter-School Girls tournament.
In the first semifinal played on Tuesday, St Claires’ defeated PCMC School 2-0 after Sucheta drew the first blood in the second minute of the match. Ayesha then struck home the second goal in the 20th minute to seal the comfortable win.
Railway Police 4 (Aniket Sapkal 10th, 32nd, Harshwardhan Maske 23rd, Akash Sapkal 27th) beat Osmanabad 0.
PCMC 3 (Abhishek Mane 14th, Ajay Gote 19th, Nilesh Kamble 31st) beat Metro Club 2 (Zishan Shaikh 34th, 37th).
Semifinal: St Claire’s High School 2 (Sucheta Deshmukh 2nd, Ayesha Kazi 20th) beat PCMC School 0.