Hockey Coorg in quarterfinals

M B Cariappa struck twice as Hockey Coorg notched up a 3-1 win over Bengal Hockey Association to secure a spot in the quarterfinal of the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship here on Monday.

In a Pool H match, Hockey Coorg took their chances and drew the first blood as early as in the 4th minute with Cariappa converting a penalty corner to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Bengal Hockey Association scored the equaliser three minutes later through their skipper Shariq Mohammad. But Hockey Coorg stuck to their task and scored two more goals through K N Rohan Thimmaiah (35th) and Cariappa (43rd) to seal the victory.

In the opening match of the day, Punjab National Bank secured their quarterfinal berth after winning their third consecutive match in Pool F with an 8-1 thrashing of Hockey Himachal.

The win meant PNB will go into the quarterfinal with three wins from three matches, finishing with a tally of nine points.

In another Pool F match, D Sarang pumped in as many as five goals to help Kerala Hockey notch up their first win in the competition, beating Hockey Madhya Bharat 9-4.


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