Rajkot (Gujarat) [India]: Doughty Uttar Pradesh got the better of Maharashtra in the tie-breaker to sneak into the Men’s Hockey finals of the 36th National Games at the Dhyan Chand stadium.
After an intense battle, the groups were locked 3-3 at the end of law time, with Sumit, Sunil Yadav and also Manish Yadav scoring for Uttar Pradesh as well as Aniket Gurav (2) as well as Sayyad Niyaz Rahim for Maharashtra.
Darshan Gawkar and also Yuvraj Walmiki racked up for Maharashtra in the shootout while Rajkumar Pal and Rahul Kumar Rajbhar for approximately make 2-2 after the tie-breaker as well.
In the following untimely end, Indian camper Lalit Kumar Upadhyay scored for UP after Maha’s Pratap Shinde failed to give them a last 6-5 win.
Maharashtra looked a better side not just on paper but also on the field. But Uttar Pradesh impressed when it mattered most to keep the suit alive till the end.
Maharashtra began their quest on a positive note, threatening the rival castle time after time. Yuvraj Walmiki led the frontline wisely, and at the same time gained the first penalty corner of the match. However they fell short to find the web.
Uttar Pradesh’s defence was commonly surprised but they in some way took care of to prevent any substantial damages.
In the second quarter, Uttar Pradesh entered their own, attacking Maharashtra at will. They soon gained their initial corner and also racked up the very first goal to go one-up.
The third quarter was one of the most amazing, with as numerous as 4 goals coming in, with Uttar Pradesh seeming the boards twice as well as Maharashtra when.
Maharashtra, nonetheless, resisted to level the scores as well as take it to the tie-breaker. Good luck did not favour them, though in the tie-breaker.