Navy, WAPDA win; Railways, PQA draw match in hockey tourney

Karachi: Navy and WAPDA registered victories in the ongoing 62nd National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium here on Sunday.

Railways and Port Qasim Authority drew their match 2-2. Navy thrashed Pakistan Air Force by 7-0 score while WAPDA beat Pakistan Customs 3-1.

Railways gave very tough time to their superior opponents. They defended their fort bravely and frustrated a number of attacks launched by PQA forwards who had services of Olympians Kashif Jawwad and Shakeel Abbasi in their ranks.

Ahmed Nadeem surprised PQA defender scoring a beautiful field goal in the 41st minute. Two minutes later their combined move earned a penalty corner on which Captain Mohammed Usman scored the second goal. After conceding two goals in a span of just three minutes PQA forwards realized to change their easy approach towards the match.

Kashif Jawwad reduced the margin in the 45th minute through a field goal and Zubair Riyaz successful converted a penalty corner in the 45th minute to level the score. At 2-2 both teams fought hard to excel. Railways defenders thwarted a couple of attempts on their citadel and guarded it magnificently. Haroon and Afsar supervised the match.

Two goals each by Asad Aziz and Mohsin Sabir guided Navy to a one-sided victory against PAF. Asad scored goals on penalty corners in the 3rd and 17th minutes. Mohsin slammed a field goal in the 5th minute and converted a penalty corner in the 26th minute. Ali Sher, Ahmed and Kamran Asif scored one goal each in the 29th, 39th and 51st minutes. Sohail Janjua and Anwar were the field umpires.

Customs fought hard against WAPDA in the last match of the day. Their tough resistance kept WAPDA forwards struggling to find gaps and create chances. Mohammed Usman grabbed the opportunity in the 41st minute to struck the first goal for WAPDA. Rana Umair doubled the lead through a 43rd minute field goal. Mohammed Shehbaz’s goal in the 58th minute strengthened their grip on the match. Customs’ lone goal came in the 59th minute through Asim Khan. Kamran and Moheyuddin supervised the match.