Tatas beat Central Railway to enter semis

Tata Sports Club, Mumbai beats Central Railway 3-2 to enter the semi-finals of the 40th Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Tata Sports Club, Mumbai, edged past Central Railway 3-2, after leading 2-0 at the breather, to enter the semi-finals of the 40th Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mahindra Stadium here today. In the second match of the day, star-studded Indian Airlines pipped youthful Karnataka XI 2-1, after leading by the same margin at half time. Infact, Tatas were sitting pretty after centre forward Shivendra Singh scored a brace in the first ten minutes. He gave his team the lead in the eight minute when he converted the first penalty corner off Claes Ferreira pass. A couple of minutes later he was again bang on target with a solo effort. However, the railwaymen fought back in the 44th and 58th minutes thorough centre forward Tabrez Khan following a goal-mouth melee and then forward Umar Farooq equalising with a solo effort. Former international Asad Khan scored the match winner with just five minutes to go for the hooter off defender Rahul Bhatkar's pass to see his team through to the semis. Indian Airlines, who fielded as manny as seven former and current internationals, found Karnataka a bit hard to beat. In the tenth minute, forward Virender Singh put the airmen ahead when he sounded the boards off a defender Irshad Ali pass. Karnataka centre half John Verghese equalised in the 23rd minute off a former international Arjun Halappa back pass before another former international Altaf-Ur-Rehman scored the match winner in the 34th minute off a free hit. (PTI)