Big Guns Air India, IO start with a bang

Mumbai :  Big guns, Air India and Indian Oil, both launched their campaigns by recording handsome victories in their respective Super Division matches of the PMC Bank-MHAL (Mumbai Hockey Association Limited) League – 2014, played at the MHAL Stadium, Churchgate on Friday.

In the first match of the day, oft-crowned champions Air India ran roughshod against Maharashtra State Police soaring to a resounding 8-0 win after leading 4-0 at the break. The Air India charge was spearheaded by former India centre forward Shivendra Singh who showed his class with two superb goals. Full back Gaganpreet Singh followed suit converting two penalty corner while seasoned Sameer Dad and Lalit Upadhyay chipped in with the other two goals to complete the demolition of the policemen.

Later in the day, Indian Oil produced a slick performance to hand Indian Navy a 6-3 defeat. Roshan Minz played a pivotal role for the oilmen and contributed two goals. He was ably supported by his teammates, captain Deepak Thakur who set the ball rolling scoring the opening goal in the sixth minute before Minz (twice), Gurjinder Singh, Prabhjot Singh and Bharat Chikara joined the party by finding the target at regular intervals.

In the final match of the day, debutants Punjab National Bank were far from impressive in their 2-0 win against a young, plucky Union Bank of India.

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