LAHORE: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) registered victories on the fifth day of the ongoing All Pakistan NBP Hockey Tournament at the National Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. PIA beat Higher Education (HEC) 3-1, PAF beat Pakistan Railways 3-2 and NBP beat Pakistan Army 3-1.
In the first match, PIA launched an aggressive attack in the second minute of the contest and earned a penalty corner that Ehsanullah successfully converted to give his team lead. However, HEC defenders checked their attacks in the second session. In the third session, the HEC forwards made an aggressive move and Kamran Maqsood levelled the score with a beautiful field goal in the 38th minute. PIA’s Atif Mustafa scored a field goal in the 44th minute to give his team lead and in the 55th minute Mohammad Zubair’s field goal sealed the fate of their rivals. Mohammad Sohail and Shahid Pervaiz supervised the match.
Railways were unfortunate to face defeat against PAF in the second match of the day. The Railways forwards made a number of attacks with the start of the match. In the 13th minute, Haseeb, Rizwan and Zeeshan made a move and entered the D where Aleem scored the first goal for his team on a pass. Only two minutes later, another move by Zeeshan and Adnan created an opportunity for Arsalan to score the second goal for Railways. But Railways lost initiative after taking two-nil lead and faltered in their moves and defense. In the last minute of the second sessions PAF’s Usman Sami scored his first goal (30th minute) and in the 34th minute Shahbaz;s field goal levelled the score 2-2. In the 54th minute Usman again struck a beautiful field goal (his second) to take the score 3-2 which remained intact till the final whistle. Railways forwards made a very good move in the 57th minute through Kamran and Zeeshan but Arsalan failed to net the ball. Kamran Sharif and Mohammad Afsaar were the field umpires.
In the last match of the day, NBP took lead in the 18th minute through Mohammad Attique who successfully converted a penalty corner. Army bounced back ferociously to level the score in the 19th minute through Abdul Jabbar. The match entered into a very interesting stage in the third session during which both teams tried hard to take possession of the ball and take lead. The crowd enjoyed every moment of the match. NBP launched a very calculated onslaught to salvage their image. Their forwards found gaps and made combined moves amid short passes to score two goals in the 58th (Akhtar Ali) and 59th minutes (Mohammad Faizan). Rana Liaqat and Hamza supervised the match. Wednesday (today) is the rest day.
HEC vs PAF
Army vs Railways
PIA vs WAPDA