Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) dished out an excellent performance to amaze the defending champions Punjab 3-2 and lift the ninth Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship crown here on Sunday.
Harsahib Singh (35th and 45th minute) scored a brace while Dilpreet Singh (57th) struck late for the winners. From Punjab, goals came from the sticks of Rupinder Pal Singh (23rd) and Ramandeep Singh (60th).
In the first quarter, both the teams reassembled cautiously and kept their defence as strong as possible as to block space in their striking circles.
In the first 22 minutes of the match, no potential circle penetrations were. The first quarter ended in a stalemate. However, it was the defending champions who drew the first blood in the 23rd minute, when Rupinder gave Punjab the lead with a perfect drag-flick.
Striker Ramandeep was very close to scoring a few minutes before that but he had poor luck and missed by inches.
The lead, however did not discourage RSPB as they made their intentions clear with repeated attacks.
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In the third quarter, Harsahib scored two crucial field goals in the 35th and 43rd minute to reverse the scoreline in RSPB’s favour.
In the 57th seventh, Dilpreet then increased RSPB’s lead to 3-1 by scoring a field goal.
Throughout the match, Ramandeep made several attempts and finally converted a shot on goal just at the stroke of final hooter but it was not enough to snatch victory from RSPB.
Meanwhile, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) beat Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) 4-1 to clinch the bronze medal.
Talwinder Singh (8’), Devinder Walmiki (13’), Harmanpreet Singh (49’) and then Mandeep Singh (57’) were on the scoresheet for the winners whereas Gaganpreet Singh (51’) scored PSB’s lone consolation goal.