Tata SC lives to fight another day

MUMBAI, MARCH 3. Andhra Pradesh XI got a body blow in the form of a Tata Sports Club equaliser at the hooter in a topsy-turvy 42nd Union Bank-sponsored Bombay Gold Cup hockey first round knock-out game at the Mahindra stadium. The former protested briefly about the ball rolling over the goalline off a Glen D'Souza hit after the hooter had sounded.

Tournament Director Peter Menezes went by the umpire's version, leading to penalty strokes since the scores were tied 3-3 at that point. AP, upset at victory virtually being snatched away from its grasp on a technical ruling, converted just two off the five strokes against three by Tata SC, which made most of the fresh lease of life to win 6-4. The event is co-sponsored by Punjab National Bank and State Bank.

Karnataka XI pumped in four goals against Maharashtra State Police to win the first match of the day 4-1 and will take on a junior squad, BHA Colts, in the second round.

The results (first round knock-out): Karnataka XI 4 (Amar Aiyamma 2, Devdas, Somanna) bt MSP 1 (Prakash Sakpal); Tata SC 6 (Manju Bagade 2, Ravinder, Glen D'Souza, Rahul Bhatkar, Russel Drego) bt AP XI 5 (N. Sairaj Singh 3, G. Manikyal Rao, K. Lakshmi Narayana). — Our Special Correspondent