SCR rallies past Indian Navy

MUMBAI APRIL 15. South Central Railway (SCR) fought back in style to edge out Indian Navy 4-2 for a place in the second round of the 41st Bombay Gold Cup hockey championship at the Mahindra Stadium on Tuesday.

The winner rallied twice to keep the marauding sailors at bay in this first round encounter. India probable Manoj Lokhande put Navy up in the 11th minute by flicking in a rebound off the goalkeeper's pads, as S. Dung Dung equalised in the 17th minute of the first half with a fierce angular strike from the right, after weaving into the rival goalmouth from the other flank.

Rajan Lakra put the sailors back in the fray before SCR hit back through Manoj Singh, J. Ekka and Xalco.

Defending champion Air-India, Mumbai, will begin its campaign on Wednesday against Bhopal XI, the interesting part being the inclusion of British international Danny Hayden in the Mumbai side. The 23-year-old Teddyington Club midfielder is playing to imbibe Asian flair into his game and intends to represent his country at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Eight teams qualify from the knockout phase for the quarterfinal league, split into two pools with top two sides making the semifinal. The tournament is organised by Bombay Hockey Association, with Rs. 1,00,000 prize money for the winning side.

Other results (first round): Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 5 (Gurmail 2, J. Kindo, Avtar Jr. 2) bt BHA Colts 0; Western Railway 6 (Shivendra Singh 3, Shanta Kumar, M. Dhanjay, Gurmeet Rao) bt Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers 1 (Solomon Alexander); Jammu & Kashmir Police 4 (Gurjeet Singh 3, Mandeep Singh) bt Mumbai Port Trust 0.

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