SAI ‘A' and MEG posted contrasting wins in the semifinal league of the 14th Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa Memorial State-level hockey tournament here.

At the KSHA Stadium on Thursday, MEG brushed Canara Bank 3-0, while the youthful SAI ‘A' had to dig into its reserves to quell the challenge from ASC at 4-3.

Mohan Muthanna struck a brace for the Sappers in the 47th and 65th minute, while Sommaiah squeezed one of his own in the 59th.

SAI ‘A', through Poonacha in the eighth and 31st and Rafeeq (22nd), and S.K. Uthappa (23rd), looked well placed with a 4-0 lead.

But ASC dished out a fighting recovery with Chand Aind (33rd) and Chittiappa (64th, 66th) coming tantalizingly close before time ran out for them.

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