HIL 2016 : Gritty Jaypee Punjab Warriors end Kalinga Lancers’ winning streak

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Action between Punjab Warriors and Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneshwar
Action between Punjab Warriors and Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneshwar

Ardent hockey fans at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar  witnessed an exciting encounter when the visiting team the Jaypee Punjab Warriors ended Kalinga Lancers’ winning streak, by defeating the home team 4-1. The visitors emerged victorious through strikes from Simon Orchard and Satbir Singh respectively. This was the first loss for Kalinga Lancers after four consecutive wins in the 4th Coal India Hockey India League.

The first quarter of the match started with attacking intent straightaway from the home team but Jaypee Punjab Warriors showed good defensive skills to keep the hosts at bay as both the teams looked dangerous on the counter attack. The second quarter started with the home team getting defensive as the visitors raised their pace in the game. Jaypee Punjab Warriors started pressing hard but the possession was still majorly controlled by the Kalinga Lancers who were looking very strong in the midfield. Punjab came close on many occasions including four failed back to back penalty corners, which were beautifully saved by Andrew Charter leading to a goal less first half.

The third quarter saw both the teams pushing hard for a goal. The away team looked dangerous in the initial minutes, but the home team were equally dangerous on the counter attack. Kalinga Lancers finally managed to break the defensive deadlock of the Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the 42nd minute, when star striker Glenn Turner made no mistakes in converting a penalty corner, giving the home team a much needed 1-0 lead in the game. The third quarter ended with the scoreboard reading 1-0 in favour of the home team. The final quarter started with Kalinga Lancers trying hard to capitalise on their lead in the early moments of the quarter but an excellent interception by Sardar Singh foiled the home team’s ambitions and the visitors scored a field goal through Simon Orchard in the 48th minute giving a 2-1 lead to Jaypee Punjab Warriors.

The Lancers pressed really hard after this but the Punjab defence was way too strong for them to break. In the process Jaypee Punjab Warriors scored their second field goal in the 58th minute through Satbir Singh to take the score to 4-1 in the favour of Jaypee Punjab Warriors. The match ended with the score board reading 4-1 in the favour of Jaypee Punjab Warriors.