Punjab Warriors displayed spectacular hockey today to come back from behind to finish their clash against Kalinga Lancers in a tie. The match which ended with four goals to each sides also marked the first draw of the 2016 HIL. With the win, Punjab Warriors became the second team to qualify for the playoffs.
The match began with the visitors pressing hard to score. While Jaypee Punjab Warriors put up a decent show in the first few minutes, but the Kalinga Lancers set up a strong attacking front to break through the hosts’ defensive wall. Kalinga Lancers drew first blood in the 14th minute through a field goal from Malak Singh taking an early lead of 2-0 over Jaypee Punjab Warriors as the first quarter came to an end. The second quarter witnessed the Kalinga Lancers playing a very attacking game. The visitors tried hard to capitalise on their lead but some beautiful work from the defenders and the Jaypee Punjab Warriors goalkeeper ensured that Kalinga Lancers did not cause them any further damage. The
The third quarter began with Jaypee Punjab Warriors looking more organised making synchronised moves with the intent to score, but Kalinga Lancers seemed way more in control of the game denying the hosts any chance to score. Kalinga who on the counter tried attacking
The Coal India Goal of the Match award of INR 50,000 was presented by
The next match of the 4th edition of the Coal India Hockey India League will be played between Dabang Mumbai H.C. and Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Mahindra Stadium, Mumbai on the 16th February 2016.
Report Courtesy: HIL Media
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