Bengal dash Coorg's semis hopes

Bengal Hockey Association dashed Hockey Coorg’s hope of reaching the semifinals with a 4-3 win in a Pool C tie of the 7th Hockey India Sub-junior Championship at the Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.

Coorg finished their campaign on 12 points while Bengal collected 13 points to top the group.

Siddharth Kumar put Bengal ahead in the 16 minute and Kallu Ali doubled their advantage four minutes later. Chethan MK then reduced the deficit for Coorg in the 31st minute but Bengal restored their lead three minutes later through Rabi Shankar Yadav.

In the second half, Coorg started strongly and pulled one back in the 48th minute through Ashik Uthappa MP and eight minutes later Vinesh Poovaiah scored to bring the scores level. However, Ali netted again in 69th minute to win the game for Bengal.

Results: Pool B: Namdhari XI: 3 (Hanspal Singh 18th, Princepal Singh 22nd, Akashdeep Singh 35th) bt The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd: 2 (Faraz Tadvi 26th, 61st); Hockey Madhya Bharat: 10 (Mohit Tatawat 9th, Mudassar Qureshi 12th, 68th, Irbaz Khan 16th, 18th, 69th, 70th, Shubham Ahir 47th, Abhishek Yadav 49th, Vickey Pandya 62nd) bt Hockey Puducherry: 1 (S Suriya 44th); Goans Hockey: 1 (Sameer Yalgar 44th) lt to Sports Authority of Gujarat: 2 (Shyamprakash Yadav 31st, Sahil Katiyar 55th).

Pool C: Bengal HA: 4 (Siddharth Kumar 16th, Kallu Ali 20th, 69th, Rabi Shankar Yadav 34th) bt Hockey Coorg: 3 (Chethan MK 31st, Ashik Uthappa MP 48th, Vinesh Poovaiah 56th); Vidarbha Hockey Association: 0 lt to Citizen Hockey XI: 6 (Gufran Mohd 32nd, 69th, Abhinandan 38th, Pawan 47th, Sanjay Soni 54th, Farman Ansari 63rd); Hockey Himachal: 1 (Abhishek 3rd) bt Telangana Hockey: 0.

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