Nitin Mukesh hat-tricks as Odisha beat Patiala 4-2

June 16, 2017 03:53 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
LUCKNOW: Railway Sports Promotion Board eked out a narrow 1-0 win against Namdhari XI in Pool A opening match in the Hockey India 7th Senior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) ‘A’ Division here today.
In a toughly contested match, with both teams eager to kick start their campaign with a victory, Railway Sports Promotion Board edged ahead via an Affan Yousuf goal in the 56th minute, one that proved to be decisive and gave them three points.
In Pool C, Hockey Odisha beat Hockey Patiala 4-2. Nitin Mukesh Tigga scored the first hat -trick of the tournament, slotting his goals in the 8th, 37th and 51st minutes of the game to give Hockey Odisha a comfortable victory. Kawaljit Singh scored a brace (44th, 54th) for Hockey Patiala.
In Pool C’s second game of the day, Punjab & Sind Bank beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 1-0 in a thrilling encounter. The two teams were inseparable through the game, battling it out mostly in the midfield. However, in the 55th minute, Jagjit Singh slotted home a penalty corner to give Punjab & Sind Bank the victory.
Services Sports Control Board beat Hockey Jharkhand 3-1 in their Pool A encounter. Goals for Services Sports Control Board were scored by Harpreet Singh (22nd), Vishwa Thakur (27th) and Pawan Rajbhar (47th). Hockey Jharkhand’s goal was scored by Sandeep Dundung in the 52nd minute.
Hockey Chandigarh beat Air India Sports Promotion Board 2-0 in Pool D. Goals by Harmanpreet Singh (28th) and Damanjit Singh (30’) were enough for Hockey Chandigarh who sealed off the game efficiently to take the three points.
Association of Indian Universities beat Hockey Haryana 2-1 in Pool D. Ankit Nath (32nd) and RS Sunil Murthy (43’) scored the goals for Association of Indian Universities as they grabbed a crucial victory to start their campaign on a winning note.
Hockey Punjab beat Comptroller and Auditor General of India 1-0 in Pool B.

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