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
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
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