Army clinch national hockey title

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:46, May 19,2017

 
 

Bangladesh Army players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Bangladesh Navy in the final of the 31st National Hockey Gold Cup Tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Army held their nerves to beat Bangladesh Navy 5-4 in tie-breaker to lift the 31st National Hockey Gold Cup Tournament title at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Thursday.
The match went into tie-breaker after the stipulated time ended in 3-3 draw.
Navy, who have 13 national team players in their squad, went into the final as clear favourites.
But Army players had different ideas in their minds and started aggressively as Hasan Jubair Niloy gave his team the lead with a field goal in the eighth minute.
Navy fought back strongly as Roman Sarkar levelled the margin in the 18th minute but Army took the lead for the second time with Monoj Babu scoring from the first penalty corner of the match.
Ashraful Islam of Navy scored a late penalty corner goal and both the teams finished the first half on 2-2.
Army took the lead for the third time in the match in the 37th minute when Niloy scored yet another field goal but veteran forward Russell Mahmud Jimmy restored the parity for Navy in the 39th minute.
Both the teams created a lot of chances but failed to convert them and the match went into tie-breaker.
All the Army players scored in tie-breaker while Roman Sarkar of Navy failed to convert the fourth shot for his team that gave Bangladesh Army first title since 2013.
Army coach Mohammad Zahid Hossain was ecstatic after winning the title against a superior side.
‘We had nothing to lose in this match as we played against a team who had many national team players,’ said Zahid.
‘But my boys kept their nerves till the end.’
Meanwhile, Navy coach Mahbub Harun blasted his charges for their over confidence.
‘Over confidence ruined everything for us as the players failed to play according to plans throughout the match.’
Earlier, Dhaka district defeated Dhaka Education Board by 5-1 goals in the third place deciding match.
Shafiqul Islam of Army was adjudged as the best player of the tournament while his team-mate Milon Hossain received top scorer award for scoring 35 goals.

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