Punjab Police to clash with ONGC for the title

Punjab Police and ONGC eased past their opponents to set up the title clash in the men’s section of the 34th Surjit Hockey Tournament.

Punjab Police beat Indian Oil 5-3 to enter their 10th final at the tournament, though it will be their first final appearance since 2004. On the other hand, ONGC entered their first final after a 2-0 win over Punjab & Sind Bank.

ONGC struck first as Nilam Xess converted a penalty corner in the 14th minute. Punjab & Sind Bank wasted three penalty corners in the first half. ONGC doubled their lead in the 55th minute when Suman Kujur scored from a Jarmanpreet Singh assist.

In the second semifinal, Punjab Police dominated from the word go. In the 5th minute, they got the lead when Gurvinder Singh Chandi scored after being set up by Akashdeep Singh. Three minutes later, Jasjit Singh Kular converted Punjab Police’s first penalty corner. Akashdeep’s 41st-minute goal seemed to have put the match out of Indian Oil’s reach. However, two goals in the span of four minutes — from captain Deepak Thakur (43rd) and Affan Yousuf (47th) — brought Indian Oil back into the game. In the 55th minute, Ramandeep Singh gave Punjab Police a two-goal cushion, with Akashdeep making another assist. Indian Oil again reduced the margin when VR Raghunath converted a penalty corner in the 62nd minute.

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