Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013, men’s day four round-up
Bangladesh – Fiji 8-4 (half-time: 3-2)
Mamunur Rahman Chayan’s four goal corner burst eventually put paid to Fiji’s hopes of a first win from a spectacular men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013 in Delhi.
It helped Bangladesh land their third win from four games and, with a game against India to come, are hopeful of causing an upset to try and make it through to round three.
Things looked to be relatively comfortable when Krishno Kumar Das scored twice in the opening eleven minutes, first with a tidy one-on-one finish, next when he guided home Md Mosiur Rahman Mosiur’s whipped pass.
Kamruzzaman’s excellent rising effort made it 3-0 before Fiji stormed back into contention. Jerome Edwards scored their first with a very smart piece of work down the right, lifting it in from a narrow angle. And Adrian Smith scored his second of the competition from the same corner that succeeded against China for 3-2 at half-time.
Chayan’s first flick made it 4-2 but, again, Fiji replied this time from Alasace Smith’s thumping penalty corner strike. Chayan, though, formally killed off the game with three more drags in the closing 16 minutes to take away Fiji’s dream while Sheikh Md Nannu spun home in the middle of a late goal-rush. Adrian Smith got his second in the final minute to cap a lively performance but Bangladesh’s win means they will certainly finish above their pre-tournament seeding.
Oman – Ireland 2-7 (half-time: 1-3)
Ireland produced a solid if unspectacular performance from a scrappy men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013, beating Oman to improve their chances of progressing to round three. Alan Sothern started their run with his seventh goal of the tournament following a sharp turn and shot and they moved two up when Geoff McCabe’s right wing cross took a heavy deflection from Salim Ali Al Zadjali.
But Oman were an aggressive lively force throughout and nicked one back via Mohamed Hubais Al Shar’s heavily deflected drag-flick in the 28th minute. Conor Harte’s corner goal reasserted Irish control before half-time and a second half effort from Sothern along with two from Mitch Darling extended the lead to 6-1. Al Shar replied from the penalty spot but Davy Carson’s neat chip completed the scoring for Ireland.
China – India 0-4 (half-time: 0-2)
India cruised their way to victory over China to all but ensure they progress to round three of the men’s Hero Hockey World League 2013. Indeed, only a loss in their final game against Bangladesh and a miracle on the goal difference front could see them overhauled by two teams. Two goals in each half were served up the Delhi hosts, the first coming from VR Raghunath’s high drag-flick in the 12th minute, his seventh of the competition. Raghunath added his and his country’s second amid a scramble following a baseline pull-back in the 28th minute to double the difference.
Four minutes into the second half, any lingering Chinese hopes were further dented Mandeep Singh played a ball through his legs to Dharamvir Singh who bundled in once more. And the scoring was completed by Rupinder Pal Singh as he netted his sixth penalty corner goal of the tournament. Should India claim even a draw against Bangladesh in their final game, they will be crowned the tournament champions. China need a huge win meanwhile, over Ireland to have any chance of breaking into the top two.
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