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Punjab Warriors down Mumbai Magicians for first win

Mumbai, Jan 20 (PTI) Punjab Warriors edged out Mumbai

Magicians by 4-2 in a fast-paced Hockey India League encounter

at the MHA Mahindra Stadium here tonight to notch up their

first victory in four games.

Punjab took an early lead but Mumbai rallied from the

setback to be 2-1 up going into the fourth and final quarter

before a concerted Punjab attack struck twice in the space of

three minutes to surge into a 3-2 lead.

Later, Dharamvir Singh struck in the final minute for his

second goal to complete the tally.

The goal scorers for Punjab were Dharamvir (2), skipper

Jamie Dwyer and Ranjit Singh – all from the field - while for

Mumbai Satbir Singh and Sandeep Singh (penalty corner) found

the mark.

It was Punjab’s first win in four games and took their

points tally to 8 while Mumbai suffered their third straight

defeat but also increased their tally by one to 3 for having

lost by a margin of only 2 goals.

Mumbai had lost their earlier two games 1-2 and 1-3

respectively and will take on Delhi Waver Riders tomorrow in

their fourth match here.

The conduct of the match was marred by a power outage that

dimmed the floodlights and forced an hour’s unscheduled break.

Ric Charlesworth-coached Mumbai were pressed hard by their

rivals in the first quarter and conceded an early goal

following a penalty corner before hitting back almost

immediately to restore parity.

Punjab went ahead in the opening minute when Dharamvir

Singh found the target off a pass from the left after their

opening penalty corner was deflected wide by a Mumbai defender

leading to a long corner which proved successful for the


But Mumbai, who soaked in the pressure well after Punjab,

coached by Barry Dancer, attacked relentlessly from the right

flank, struck back six minutes later.

Off a quick counter attack down the centre, home team

captain Mathew Butturini had a shy at the goal with a powerful

reverse hit from the top of the 'D’ which was blocked by

Punjab 'keeper Jaap Stockman of Holland.

The rebound was sent in by Satbir Singh lying in wait to

restore parity in the 7th minute of play.

Mumbai goal had a close shave soon afterwards when their

goalkeeper P R Sreejesh was beaten but the ball was cleared

off the line in time by full back Mathew Swann.

The two teams were level after the 17 and a-half-minute


There was a partial power failure to dim the floodlights

and the match was stopped for insufficient light a few minutes

into the second quarter.

When the game resumed Mumbai were again at the receiving

end with Ignace Tirkey marshalling the left side moves.

The home team, however, muffed a golden chance to take the

lead when Turner could not put the ball past Stockman in the

rival goal in a one on one situation after being fed with a

through pass by Sandeep Singh.

But just before the half time hooter, Sandeep converted

their first penalty corner award to put Mumbai 2-1 ahead and

the score remained the same at the end of the third quarter.

Punjab went into overdrive at the start of the fourth

quarter and were thwarted first by some wayward shooting and

by the woodwork when Russel Ford’s stiff reverse-hit struck

the cross-piece.

However, the visitors were not to be denied the equalizer

and their captain Jamie Dwyer found the target by applying

finishing touches to a quick move down the middle in the 56th

minute of play which made the score 2-2.

And two minutes later Ranjit Singh deflected home a cross

from the right by the hard-working S V Sunil to put Punjab 3-2


Sunil then did the spadework to lay a through pass for

Dharamvir to find the target from close on the run just before

the final hooter. PTI SSR






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