Sunday, February 2, 2014

Uttar Pradesh Wizards hold Jaypee Punjab Warriors 2-2

Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued to be perched on top of the points table as they played out a fighting 2-2 draw with Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Dhyan Chand Sports College in Lucknow.

The Warriors now have 17 points from 5 games, while the Wizards are in third spot with 12 points from 4 games.

The Warriors stepped on the gas early on and shot into the lead through Australian Jacob Whetton. The Wizards, who take their own time to settle down, were hustled out of their stride and somehow regrouped to equalize in the opening quarter when Dutchman Teun de Nooijer slotted it home in a goalmouth melee.

The Warriors exuded promise to go ahead when Jacob Whetton engineered a short corner in the second quarter, but Sandeep Singh’s effort was well saved by Wizards’ Aussie goalie George Bazeley.

The Warriors regained the lead in the third quarter when Satbir Singh tapped it home past George Bazeley, who had a good day in office. If Bazeley had a good outing, his counterpart on the side of the pitch – Jaap Stockmann was having an awesome day. He twice denied Wizards sure shot scoring opportunities when Tushar Khandker and Nikin Thimmaiah took a crack at the Warriors’ goal.

Even as the drum beats got louder, the Wizards restored parity when SK Uthappa scored a smart goal off a David Alegre cross from the right. Both teams went for broke in the final quarter in pursuit of the match-clincher, but that winning goal never materialized.
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