Saturday, February 8, 2014

Delhi Waveriders sneak past U Wizards 4-3

Delhi Waveriders vanquished a late resistance from Uttar Pradesh Wizards before chalking up a 4-3 win in the 2nd Hero Hockey India League at the Dhyan Chand Sports College in Lucknow.

The Greenshirts dominated proceedings from the starting hooter and scored four times in the opening half to sit pretty with a cozy 4-0 lead. Delhi Waveriders shot into the lead much against the wishes of the home crowd when Talwinder Singh scored off a rebound after UP Wizards goalie Kumar Subramanium blocked an effort of South African Timmothy Drummond.

Pepped up by the opening goal, the Delhi outfit attacked in waves and soon doubled the lead via a penalty corner goal by Rupinder Pal Singh. The Waveriders kept asking questions to the Wizards’ defence and were soon rewarded when New Zealander Simon Child slammed home from the top of the ‘D’ after a nice fed from Aussie Jason Whetton.

The Cedric D’Souza-coached side made their second PC count when Simon Child tapped home off an indirect attempt as they were in a commanding position at half-time.

Like their earlier matches, the Wizards were sloppy in the first two quarters, but came alive in the final two quarters. The Wizards sought not to let their home fans down as they soon mounted their fightback. The UP outfit were well served by celebrated Dutch hitman Teun de Nooijer, who crafted a superb move from the right and laid it to Nikin Thimmaiah, who easily slotted it home in the third quarter.

Skipper Vokkaliga Raghunath made the scoreline 4-2 when he let go a fierce drag-flick which brooked no answer from Waveriders’ German shot stopper Nicolas Jacobi.

The Wizards continued their resurgence in the final quarter and essayed the fourth goal after Pradip Mor engineered a crisp move down the right before laying it to Teun de Nooijer, who slotted it home after it hit Gurbaj Singh en route to the goalmouth in the 58th minute.
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