The final of the Second Chief of Naval Staff All Pakistan Hockey at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore presented an exciting duel between country’s top two sides.
Thrice National Bank went two goals ahead and each time WAPDA reduced the margin to one.
Eventually, with just two minutes left WAPDA made it 4-4 to send the match into Shootout.
Here again, it ended equal after five shoots had been taken by the each side. Finally, National Bank won the final in the shoot out sudden death.
National Bank: 4, WAPDA: 4
National Bank won on Shootout
National Bank made the initial inroads. In 3rd minute, Bilal Qadir squandered a good chance with a poor shot. Four minutes later he made amends by putting his side ahead with a good finish off a fine move.
Within two minutes, a banker forward was felled in the WAPDA circle. The resulting penalty stroke was calmly converted by their captain Ammad Shakeel Butt, wrong footing the goal keeper.
WAPDA reduced the margin in the 17th minute. A swift left side move culminated in Ajaz Ahmed flicking the ball in.
But just three minutes later, NBP restored the two goal advantage. A brilliant aerial ball covering more than 50 metres was collected well by Dilber near the WAPDA circle. He then put it past the onrushing WAPDA net minder.
Half Time National Bank: 3, WAPDA: 1
Third quarter saw spectacular hockey at a fast pace.
Just two minutes after the restart, an electrifying WAPDA raid rattled the bankers’ defence and Irfan Jr slotted in from a close range to make it 3-2.
Pole to pole game ensued. WAPDA, in particular, utilising both the wings, created some good chances but coulndnt get the desired result because of the the rival custodian Mazhar and poor finishing.
National Bank also had a few opportunities. In the 43rd minute, Abubakr made it 4-2 converting his
side’s first penalty corner with a perfect high flick.
Early in the last quarter, WAPDA had a penalty stroke of their own. Lanky international Aleem Bilal flicked it to goal keeper’s left and it was 4-3.
WAPDA wasted four back to back PCs. When they couldnt make anything out of their seventh PC as well, it seemed all over.
National Bank also made a few attacks. One of which saw a fast WAPDA turn over of which Shajeeh scored the equaliser in the 58th minute from a close range.
It ended 4-4 and Shootout went out in favour of National Bank in the sudden death phase.
National Bank: 4 (Arslan Qadir, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Dilber, Abubakr)
WAPDA: 4 (Ajaz Ahmed, M.Irfan Jr., Aleem Bilal, Shajeeh)
National Bank won on Shoot out.
3rd Position Match:
SNGPL Upset SSGC 4-1
In the match between two sister ‘Gas’ outfits, the inexperienced Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
with just a couple of junior internationals surprised Sui Southern Gas Company which is a formidable combination of senior and junior internationals.
In fact, no one was expecting such a one sided result.
SNGPL ran into a four goal lead. SSGC got a consolation goal netted by M.Rizwan Jr.
Sui Northern : 4 (M.Farhan, Dawood, Suleman, Faisal Shah)
Sui Southern: 1 (M.Rizwan Jr)
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, President PHF Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and Secretary PHF Shahbaz Ahmad Senior was guest of honor.
Winners National Bank: Rs Five Hundred Thousand
Runners Up WAPDA: Rs Three Hundred Thousand
Third: SNGPL: Rs Two Hundred Thousand
Player of Tournament: Rashid Mahmood (NAVY): Rs 50,000
Top Scorer: Aleem Bilal (WAPDA): Rs 25,000
Best Goal Keeper: Rana Umair (SNGPL): Rs 25,000