The massive home crowd support propelled Delhi Waveriders to showcase an attacking extravaganza and book their semi-final berth by defeating Kalinga Lancers 6-0. The home crowd came in numbers to support the team and were awarded for their support as Delhi Waveriders claimed semi-final spot with 27 points.
The first quarter started with a quick attack from the Delhi Waveriders team making early circle penetrations. The response to the early attack also came from the Kalinga Lancers when a shot from the away team striker closely missed the goal. Kalinga Lancer’s defense was looking strong as they started predicting the home team’s moves and didn’t allow them to hold possession of the ball. The away team started to put their strides into the match with attacking moves but none of them converted into a goal. Delhi tried to make counter attacking moves but the Kalinga Lancers defense held strong. The first quarter ended with the score at 0-0.
The second quarter started with the Delhi Waveriders looking to make inroads in the do or die battle and the first opportunity came in the 18th minute and Rupinder Pal Singh converted the penalty corner to give Delhi a 1-0 lead. Most of the second quarter saw attacking moves from both the teams but midfielders and defenders seemed to be the flavour of the quarter. The golden opportunity for the Kalinga Lancers came in the ending moments of the second quarter from a penalty corner but a beautiful save by Devon Manchester stopped
The second half started with the Delhi Waveriders pressing hard to extend the lead and was
The fourth quarter started with Kalinga Lancers looking to bounce back in the match. The first penalty corner opportunity of the quarter came the away team’s way in the 49th minute but the home team goalkeeper again denied them the chance to score. Delhi capitalised on a missed penalty corner by the away team and made them pay
The Coal India Goal of the Match award of INR 50,000 was presented by Mr. S.N.Prasad, Director Marketing Coal India to Simon Child from Delhi
The Semi – Finals of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League will be played be on 20th
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Report Courtesy: HIL Media