Seeb, Dho­far be­gin HM Cup cam­paign with thrilling wins

Oman Daily Observer - - SPORT - SPORTS RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, DEC 6

Eleven-time cham­pi­ons Seeb be­gan their His Majesty’s Cup hockey cam­paign with a bril­liant 7-4 win against 10-time cham­pi­ons Ahli Sidab in a high-volt­age start to the 2018 edi­tion of the tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day.

In the sec­ond match, Dho­far edged Al Salam 3-2 in a closely fought en­counter.

Seeb, run­ner-ups of the last edi­tion, staged a come­back into the match after Ahli Sidab went ahead 2-0 at the Sul­tan Qa­boos Sports Com­plex in Bausher.

Mo­hammed Ra­heel put Ah­lisidab, coached by former Oman coach K K Poonacha, in lead in the third minute and In­dia in­ter­na­tional Rupin­der Pal Singh net­ted the sec­ond for them in the 11th minute.

Seeb, coached by Egyp­tian Osama Has­nain, pulled one back through Is­mail Omar ahead of the half-time break.

In the third quar­ter, Seeb went all­out on at­tack and made it 2-2 when Mo­hammed Dil­ber hit the tar­get. Qasim Moosa’s then hit a brace that put Seeb 4-2 ahead be­fore the last quar­ter. In the fourth quar­ter, Rupin­der re­duced the mar­gin for Ahli Sidab and Rashad Salim made it 4-4 in the 50th minute.

In the fi­nal min­utes, Seeb pushed hard and Ahli Sidab went down with Dil­ber putting Seeb in lead again 5-4. Moosa and Owais Ahmed stunned Ahli Sidab with two goals within a minute to com­plete a 7-4 vic­tory. DHO­FAR EDGE AL SALAM In the late match of the day, Waqas Choud­hary opened the scor­ing for Dho­far in the fourth minute.

How­ever, Al Salam came back strongly to take the lead 2-1 as Mo­hammed Mu­nir (26th) and Shan Ir­shad (32nd minute) hit the tar­get.

Dho­far could not muster any more moves that could re­sult in goals in the next 20 min­utes of play.

The former cham­pi­ons fi­nally found an equaliser in the 54th minute through Ab­dul­lah Mo­hammed.

Mo­ham­mad Ahmed net­ted the all-im­por­tant win­ner in the 56th minute to hand full points to Dho­far in their first match of the tour­na­ment. Eight teams are tak­ing part in the tour­na­ment, which will con­clude on De­cem­ber 17.

Seeb and Ahli Sidab play­ers in ac­tion dur­ing the HM Cup match. — Mo­hammed Mahjoub

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