Vic­to­ries for Faisalabad, Quetta, Islamabad in 5-A side hockey

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—Faisalabad Falcon routed Karachi Sharks 5-3, Quetta War­riors thrashed Pe­shawar Pan­thers 9-5 and Islamabad Fight­ers scored a narrow 7-6 win over La­hore Li­ons in the OGDCL, PHF 5-A side Hockey championship here on Sun­day night un­der lights at Na­tional hockey sta­dium.

The first half be­tween Faisalabad and Karachi was evenly con­tested as both the side raided each other area with lively moves but failed to score. It was Faisalabad which shot into lead through Tazeemul Hasan. Sec­ond pe­riod saw faster pace with both sides cre­at­ing more scor­ing sit­ters. Mohsin Sabir made it 2-0 for Faisalabad but Karachi fought back gal­lantly. De­spite Zee­shan misfiring a penalty stroke, both the goals were neu­tral­ized. First Sikan­der availed a good pass from Qa­mar Bukhari and soon Zee­shan made amends by scor­ing Karachi’s sec­ond goal. How­ever, be­fore the hooter sounded for the end of the sec­ond pe­riod, Fais­labad’s cap­tain Dil­ber again re­stored the lead.

Karachi went all out to hunt the equal­izer and Hasan po­si­tioned him­self well and with an an­gu­lar shot made it 3-3. Now, Faisalabad spurred into ac­tion. Ad­nan put them ahead again with a superb re­verse hit and their cap­tain Dil­ber con­fi­dently scored off a 1 vs 1 Chal­lenge to make it 5-3 till the fi­nal whis­tle.

In the sec­ond match Quetta were quickly off the blocks. Rizwan Jr scored with a well- placed hit. The lead was dou­bled by Kashif Javed’s long range shot. Jolted by two goals, Pe­shawar re­sponded through Adeel Latif who found the tar­get through a force­ful hit. Hasan Ali Faraz’s long range ef­fort made it 3-1 for Quetta. Once again, it was Adeel Latif who re­duced the mar­gin. Quetta ex­erted more pres­sure and earned a 1 vs 1 Chal­lenge which was con­verted into goal by Rizwan. Quetta led 4-2 at the end of first half.

The flurry of goals con­tin­ued in the sec­ond pe­riod. Quetta’s Rizwan com­pleted his hat trick by tap­ping a cross from left. Khair­ul­lah made it 35 for Pe­shawar. In a spell of three min­utes Quetta dom­i­nated and scored three goals through As­fan­yar, cap­tain Kashif Ali and Rizwan (his foruth goal) and led 8-3. Now, Pe­shawar had a moun­tain to climb. They did pull one back via a 1 vs 1 Chal­lenge goal by Samiullah be­fore the sec­ond pe­riod con­cluded.

In the ini­tial phase of the third and last pe­riod, Ali Hasan Faraz’s goal made it 9-5.

In the third match Islamabad put up superb show against La­hore which hav­ing the ser­vices of few se­nior and ju­nior in­ter­na­tion­als failed to im­press. Islamabad were well in con­trol most of the time and built 3-0 lead with goals com­ing from Ejaz, Rashid and Wasim Akram. La­hore were also missing the ser­vices of their cap­tain Am­mad Butt who was out due to a in­jury. Wasim Akram made it 4-0 from Islamabad . La­hore broke the dead lock when Rana So­hail scored off a 1 vs 1 with a beau­ti­ful high flick be­fore the end of the sec­ond pe­riod. The con­test came to life through a Bi­lal Mah­mood brace. First he scored off a 1 vs 1 chal­lenge with a well-placed flat push and then made it 3-4 through a re­verse hit.

Islamabad War­riors’ re­cov­ered quickly and re­stored the two goal cush­ion. Wasim Akram’s shot was well blocked by La­hore cus­to­dian Muneeb but Rizwan Sr cap­i­tal­ized on the re­bound. Then on­wards, a fierce con­test de­vel­oped with goals galore: La­hore re­duc­ing the mar­gin to bare min­i­mum and Islamabad dou­bling the lead. It con­tin­ued and when the match fi­nally ended, it was 7-6 for Islamabad. Man of Match Rana So­hail scored a hat trick for La­hore.—APP

A French gen­darm holds the ball of Wales’ sup­porter as his unit pa­trols through the streets of Toulouse, south­ern France be­fore the Euro 2016 foot­ball match of Rus­sia vs Wales.

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