HAR Academy, SAIL Academy into finals
Beat SNBP Academy & Regional Dev. Center in the semis
PUNE: HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat and SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha set up a summit clash for the 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys’ Under-16) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi, on Monday.
In the semi-finals played on Sunday, HAR Hockey Academy were lucky to get past hosts SNBP via the shoot out (2-0) after both played out a 2-2 draw.
SNBP were off to a great start when Fahad Khan (8th) converted a penalty-stroke beating goalkeeper Aniket with his attempt.
The goal triggered a series of attacks by the Sonepat side, which put the SNBP defence under pressure. Two minutes later, Sonepat had Sahil Ruhal (10th) bring the game back on level terms (1-1).
A confident Sonepat scored another to take the lead, with Nitin Parmar (11th) gliding the ball past the SNBP goalkeeper Rahul Pal.
Trailing by a goal, SNBP played out the second and third quarters trying hard but failed to make inroads. Into the fourth quarter and SNBP finally gave the crowd delight when Akash Pal had his reverse flick attempt from the top of the circle past the goalkeeper.
In the shoot-out, the Sonepat squad were lucky to have the goal framework save them the day. Three SNBP attempts crashed onto the goal frame. Sonepat in contrast had Raman, Ravinder Khasa find success to help their team make the final.
Later, in the second semifinal, SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha led by a brace of goals by Ekka Amol Jr. (3rd, 27th), Ritik Kujur (7th, 8th) and Rabi Bada (40th, 46th) scored a one-sided 6-1 win over Regional Development Center, Jharkhand. Guriya Phillip (26th) reduced the margin for the Jharkhand side.
SF1: HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat: 2 (2) (Sahil Ruhal 10th; Nitin Parmar 11th; Raman, Ravinder Khasa) bt SNBP Academy, Pune: 2 (0) (Fahad Khan 8th; Akash Pal 49th)
SF-2: SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha: 6 (Ekka Amol Jr. 3rd, 27th; Ritik Kujur 7th, 8th; Rabi Bada 40th, 46th) bt Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand: 1 (Guriya Phillip 26th)
III-Place: SNBP Academy, Pune v Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand – 1.00 pm
Final: HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat v SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha – 3.00 p.m
Venue: Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi.