Thursday, January 30, 2014

Delhi Waveriders show Kalinga Lancers who is the boss

Delhi Waveriders walked down the victory path after their narrow loss to reigning champions Ranchi Rhinos in their previous tie, swamping debutants Kalinga Lancers 5-0 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

The Odisha outfit, who put up a below par display in their opening tie against Jaypee Punjab Warriors, controlled possession early on but did not quite translate that into desired circle penetrations.

The last year’s runners-up side may not have matched the Lancers in terms of possession early on, but grew in confidence as the match wore, slamming the opening goal through a PC conversion by Rupinder Pal Singh in the 10th minute.

Matt Ghodes doubled the lead in the second quarter with a superb field goal in the 20th minute. Kalinga Lancers tried to exert pressure on the Waveriders and forced two short corners, but failed to profit from them. The Waveriders made them pay for that firing the third goal via Rupinder Pal Singh off a set-piece in the 29th minute.

The cup of troubles for Kalinga Lancers was full when Gurbaj Singh engineered a superb move from the right dodging past three of their players before laying it to Danish Mujtaba to slap it home. The South African combo of Lloyd Norris-Jones and Timmothy Drummond conjured up the fifth goal with the former tapping home a pass from the latter.

With this win, Delhi Waveriders have 11 points from 3 games, while Kalinga Lancers are lying in the bottom of the table with no points from two games.
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