BANGALORE: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) maintained its all win record for the sixth match in a row in the Synergy Sports Super Division hockey league championship at the KSHA stadium here on Wednesday.
Tyron Pereira’s goal from a snap raid from the right was just enough to see IOCL edge out a fighting Army Red.
The Oilmen conceded too many gaps in the midfield for the Army Red to slice through at repeated intervals but the numerous chances were frittered away with some inept shooting and poor positioning.
Gurjinder and Eliazer Lakra did split the IOC defence with some splendid runs down the middle but neither Sunil Ekka nor Ajit Kumar Majhi could capitalise.
Simple chance missed
Majhi in fact missed the simplest of chances by blasting wide and over a brilliant pass from Mahadik from the right. The IOC custodian Baljit Singh also came up trumps on a couple of occasions.
IOC also dazzled with individual brilliance with Deedar Singh making deep inroads with some searching runs.
Deedar and Sunil Yadav broke the Army defence down the middle early on but the move came to nought.
Tyron and Nitin Kumar failed to reach some stinging passes from Deedar.
The all important goal came four minutes into the second session with a fine move down the left which resulted in Tyron being ideally positioned to deflect the long ball into the net.
IOC now has 18 points from six outings while Army Red, which crashed to its first defeat in six matches, has 11 points.
Earlier, KSP and ASC played out a dull goalless draw. KSP has fove points from eight matches, while ASC earned its second draw from six matches.