Wizards whiz past hapless Lancers

Uttar Pradesh Wizards coasted to comfortable 3-1 win over debutants Kalinga Lancers and jumped to the third position in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League here on Sunday.

UP Wizards scored two goals in the opening two quarters while their third goal came just seconds from the final hooter.

Skipper VR Raghunath gave Wizards the lead in the 17th minute by converting a penalty corner before young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah doubled the home team’s tally in the 41st minute with a field goal.

Lancers, however, pulled a goal back in the 59th minute through their star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat.

The hosts, though, managed to hold on to their lead with some stout defending. They struck in the final minute of the game when legendary Dutchman Teun de Nooijer scored a field goal to seal the match in his side’s favour. The win gave Wizards five points which enabled them to jump to the third position in the standings with 21 points from seven games.

The Lancers will next play Jaypee Punjab Warriors at Mohali on Tuesday while the UP Wizards will travel to Bhubaneswar to take on Kalinga Lancers in the return leg match on February 13.

Warriors crush Magicians

Jaypee Punjab Warriors thrashed the beleaguered Dabur Mumbai Magicians 4-1 in a lop-sided contest at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium on Saturday night.
The Warriors started the match as clear favourites and didn’t waste much time as they drew the first blood in the third minute through SV Sunil.

The visitors were aggressive in the first half and the second goal too was a field effort in the 17th minute, when Dharamvir Singh sounded the board with a sharp strike from the edge of the circle. Striker Affan Yousuf scored the third goal for the Warriors in the 25th minute through a late deflection after Rob Hammond found the initial touch.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts when goalkeeper P R Sreejesh tackled Yousuf on the edge of the D a minute later to award the hosts a penalty stroke.

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