5-A-Side hockey in full swing, three matches de­cided

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LAHORE—Quetta Warriors, the un­der dogs of OGDCL 5-A-side hockey tour­na­ment, caused the big­gest up­set of the event by halt­ing the un­beaten run of fan­cied Faisal­abad Fal­cons with a well de­served 3-2 win here on Wed­nes­day night at na­tional hockey sta­dium un­der lights.

In the other two matches, Is­lam­abad Fight­ers de­feated Karachi Sharks 6-3 for their fourth con­sec­u­tive win. Lahore Lions scored a facile 5-2 win over hap­less Pe­shawar Pan­thers who have now lost all their four matches.

In the first match, Quetta shocked Faisal­abad, dubbed as favourites to win the event, with a bet­ter dis­play of qual­ity hockey. Quetta ap­peared well pre­pared for this en­counter and their most en­er­getic player Rizwan put them ahead in the 3rd minute. The goal fired up the tempo and good pole to pole game was wit­nessed.

It was Rizwan again, who dou­bled the lead in the sec­ond pe­riod, with another su­perla­tive re­verse hit.

Faisal­abad were now des­per­ate for goal which came their way early in the third pe­riod through Abu Bakr’s long well placed hit. There­after, they made a num­ber of at­tacks and fi­nally cap­tain Dil­ber Hus­sain made it 2-2 with a good flick from a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion with just two min­utes to go.

It seemed the two sides would leave the ground with one point each. But, there was a twist in the story. The ir­re­sistible Rizwan, who was de­clared the man of the match, sent a su­perb cross which was availed by Quetta’s cap­tain Kashif Ali to give his side a well-de­served 3-2 win.

In the sec­ond en­counter, Is­lam­abad were at full strength with their in­jured in­ter­na­tion­als Arslan Qadir and Ejaz back in ac­tion. They dom­i­nated the first pe­riod and were 3-0 up when first 12 min­utes fin­ished with two goals com­ing from hat-trick maker, Arslan Qadir. They added a fourth goal early in the sec­ond pe­riod and then slowed the pro­ceed­ings.

When Is­lam­abad made it 5-0 just two min­utes into the third pe­riod, it seemed all over for Karachi. But the Sharks re­fused to go down tamely and re­cov­ered mag­nif­i­cently. In a four minute spell, they put in three goals with Mo­ham­mad Asif scor­ing two beau­ti­ful goals. At 53, Is­lam­abad breathed a sigh of re­lief when Rizwan Sr net­ted their sixth goal.

It was a match be­tween two teams in the bot­tom, the 4th placed Lahore and the last placed Pe­shawar.

Lions roared at the start and took lead with the third-minute goal through Afzar Yaqoob, the ma­ter­nal grand­son of 1964 Olympic sil­ver medal­list Afzal Manna.

Pe­shawar’s first good com­bined move re­sulted in equal­izer through Faisal Rasheed. Lahore re­peat­edly raided the op­po­nent’s goal and fi­nally Rana So­hail made it 2-1 a minute be­fore the end of the first pe­riod. Pe­shawar wasted a 1 vs. 1 Chal­lenge early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Lahore ex­erted a lot of pres­sure and Faizan Jonty net­ted his team’s third goal. Pe­shawar cre­ated a few good chances just be­fore the end of the sec­ond pe­riod but the goal eluded them.

In the third pe­riod, Emad Butt scored his side’s fourth goal off a won­der­ful Rana So­hail pass. Then his own long pass was beau­ti­fully turned in by Us­man Ma­lik through a re­verse hit. 1-5 down, the wounded Pan­thers looked des­per­ate to sal­vage some pride and made fre­quent raids. Am­jad Ali Khan’s strong push beat the Lahore goal keeper.—PP

QUETTA: MPA Dr Ruqayya Saeed Hashmi award­ing a tro­phy to the win­ner of All Balochis­tan Haji Talib Hus­sain Hazara Memo­rial Squash Tour­na­ment.

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