Steelers beat Jalandhar; reach semifinal

Updated: 06 January 2008 13:30 IST

Orissa Steelers completed the semifinal line-up, handing out a 2-0 drubbing to Sher-e-Jalandhar in the last league match of the Premier Hockey League.

Steelers beat Jalandhar; reach semifinal

CHANDIGARH:

Defending champions Orissa Steelers completed the semifinal line-up, handing out a 2-0 drubbing to Sher-e-Jalandhar in the last league match of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Stadium on Thursday.

Steelers, who needed a 2-0 margin to avoid table toppers Chandigarh Dynamos in the semifinal clash, will now meet Bangalore Lions while Hyderabad Sultans, who were pushed to the fourth spot on goal difference, will take on the local favourites Dynamos on Saturday.

With Shers' needing a victory with a four-goal margin, one expected them to play attacking hockey. They started on a fast pace, but it lasted only for a few minutes as they dished out dull and drab stuff thereafter.

Only Gagan Ajit Singh and Jarnail Singh were seen in the attack.

But they lacked support from the teammates and were not at their best as the midfield and forwards failed to feed the ball to Gagan.

Orissa, on the other hand, played to a plan and their defence stood like a rock with Dilip Tirkey and Kim Chul thwarting the rival moves.

William Xalxo assisted them well and the midfield played a crucial role both in the attack and the defence, where Birendra Lakra was prominent.

Orissa shot ahead through a stunning field goal by Ignace Tirkey. The peach of a goal came in the 22nd minute as Orissa began a move after a mispass by the Shers in the midfield.

Topics : Hockey
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