Nikkin and Turner seize on two-goal rule con­cept

The Hockey Paper - - HOCKEY IN­DIA LEAGUE -

A SUC­CESS­FUL penalty cor­ner-turned-field goal at­tempt in the last minute was not enough for Da­bang Mum­bai in the open­ing fix­ture of the Hockey In­dia League’s fifth sea­son.

Trail­ing for­mer cham­pi­ons Ranchi Rays 1-3 in the last minute of their con­test on Satur­day, Da­bang Mum­bai de­cided to con­vert their penalty cor­ner drill into a field goal at­tempt.

Rob­bert Kem­per­man ini­ti­ated the move as he trapped from in­jec­tor San­der de Wijn and passed the ball five yards back­wards to ac­ti­vate the play.

Har­man­preet Singh’s shot went straight into the cus­to­dian’s pads, but In­dian in­ter­na­tional Nikkin Thim­ma­iah cap­i­talised on the re­bound to set up a dra­matic end.

Awarded two goals for the strike – as per the league’s reg­u­la­tions pro­vid­ing a bonus for field goals – Da­bang Mum­bai made the most of the pre­mium to earn a 3-3 draw.

Young In­dian Har­man­preet’s penalty cor­ner flick had ear­lier opened the scor­ing for Da­bang Mum­bai while Ranchi Rays re­sponded through their Ju­nior World Cup rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sim­ran­jeet Singh, whose field goal counted for two.

Ranchi Rays’ Ger­man hire Christo­pher Ruhr con­verted a penalty stroke to make the score 3-1 un­til the last minute.

Set into mo­tion by Thim­ma­iah, who was in­jured last year, the field goal bonus was well utilised two days later by Aus­tralian vet­eran Glenn Turner, who twice shot on tar­get to lead last year’s sil­ver medal­ists Kalinga Lancers to a 4-2 vic­tory over Ranchi Rays.

Con­tin­u­ing his ex­ploits of last sea­son when he scored nine goals, Turner was in the spot­light as Kalinga Lancers launched the cam­paign with two vic­to­ries at home on suc­ces­sive days.

The Lancers fired through Gur­jin­der Singh’s penalty cor­ner goal to pre­vail 1-0 over Delhi Waverid­ers on Sun­day and the ir­re­press­ible Turner switched on his magic on Mon­day.

A sloppy tackle on Turner by a Ranchi Rays de­fender earned him a penalty stroke which he duly con­verted.

Since the stroke stemmed from a de­lib­er­ate foul on an open-play at­tempt, the strike earned Kalinga Lancers two goals.

Turner struck again soon after, pick­ing up a re­bound in open play to make the score 4-0.

In­dian ju­nior striker Sar­van­jit Singh scored a field goal in the last quar­ter but could only re­duce the mar­gin as Lancers took an early lead in the HIL stand­ings.

Two pointer: Glenn Turner is fir­ing the Lancers

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