Ireland progress to WL3 in second place; Oman overcome Fiji
Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013, men’s day five round-up
India – Bangladesh 5-1 (half-time: 2-1)
India completed a perfect five wins from five to take first place from the men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two, making it a Delhi double for the host nation in the Major Dhyan Chand stadium.
Bangladesh, though, came with the intention of spoiling the party and took a shock lead from the first penalty corner of the game, the lethal Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan shooting home his seventh goal of the tournament. He then took a rocket of a VR Raghunath drag-flick off the line as they made life difficult for the hosts.
But, after plenty of pressure, they got back on terms in the 15th minute from a great Danish Mujtaba effort, guiding in a crash ball from Raghunath from outside the 22. They were piling on the chances at this stage but Md Zahid Hossain was in inspired form throughout the game while Md Imran Hasan desperately swept another effort off the line.
Rupinder Pal Singh’s corner goal made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time and, in the second half, India found the goals just a little easier to come by despite some superb saves from Hossain.
Akashdeep Singh pushed the lead out to 3-1 with a sweetly timed touch while Malak Singh did likewise in the 58th minute. Player of the match Mujtaba closed out the scoring for the tournament with six minutes left. It meant Bangladesh finished in third but, nonetheless, a super showing for the world number 40 side.
Afterwards, India captain Sardar Singh was named as player of the tournament, receiving R200,000 for his efforts, sponsored by Hero. VR Raghunath shared the top goalscorer prize – and a Hero cheque for R100,000 – with Ireland’s Alan Sothern for his eight goals in the competition.
They both won their respective positional titles with Raghunath named defender of the tournament and Sothern getting the prize for best attacker. David Harte was named the best goalkeeper while Rashel “Jimmy” Mahmud was the top midfield player.
Ireland – China 4-0 (half-time: 2-0)
Shane O’Donoghue’s hat trick of low drag-flicks powered Ireland to victory over China in the men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013, a result which ensures they qualify for the next phase of the competition and a step closer to World Cup 2014 in second place.
They were in control for most of the game, making the early running before Peter Brown – with his second goal of the tournament – got on the end of a smart Stuart Loughrey cross at the back post to get the green machine up and running.
Ireland held possession for long periods thereafter and took the sting out of the game on the half-time hooter when O’Donoghue netted his first goal. His second came in similar fashion, hitting the backboard four minutes after the turnaround and the victory was complete from the same source in the 50th minute. China, meanwhile, will end the tournament in fourth place.
Oman – Fiji 7-3 (half-time: 2-3)
A five-star second half performance from Oman saw them end their men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013 campaign on a high, recovering well from a half-time deficit against Fiji. In a thrilling opening four minutes, the Fijians moved 2-1 up as Hector Smith and James Saqacala hit the mark with Samir Haliyas Al Shibli getting the response.
It got even better for them when Leevan Dutta roofed a spectacular individual goal, ensuring they would have their first half-time lead of the campaign. But Ahmed Sabeel Al Balushi’s corner rebound reduced the deficit to the minimum at the interval, 3-2.
And Oman powered forward in the second half. They netted twice within a 100 seconds to turn the tie around, Mahmood Salim Al Hasani and Al Balushi scoring for 4-3. Mohamed Hubais Al Shar scored his fourth goal of the week from the penalty spot and two goals in the final few minutes confirmed their place as fifth place finishers with Fiji in sixth.Back