Maratha Warriors prevail over Sher-E-Jalandhar 1-0
Maratha Warriors get the better of Sher-e-Jalandar via a 'silver goal' by Shivendra Singh in the Premier Hockey League.Updated: Jan 07, 2007 14:47 IST
Maratha Warriors got the better of Sher-e-Jalandar via a 'silver goal' by Shivendra Singh in the 77th minute in the Premier Hockey League in Chennai on Saturday.
The match turned out to be a poor advertisement for hockey, with both teams dishing out lacklustre fare. The ball was put out of play too many times and irritated spectators were seen mimicking cricket fans and shouting 'four' or 'six'.
Long balls which did not find any player, powerful drives which crossed the lines like bullets and players failing to trap reasonable forward passes was seen throughout the match.
Gaganjit Singh was off-colour and missed connecting some good passes, especially a cross from Jarnil in the 40th minute. In the 65th minute, he again failed to connect a pass when he had just the goalkeeper to beat.
In the 50th minute, Maratha's goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza effected a splendid save when Jarnil attempted a strike.
Viren Rasquinna and Gurbaj Singh played well to lift their team, which did not put up a dynamic display like they did in their first match against Bangalore Lions.
The silver goal for Marathas resulted from a pass by Hemeni Gethe, which was slotted home by Shivaendra.
The Warriors had lost their first match to Bangalore Lions 1-2 yesterday.
In an earlier match, Dutch player T J Steller's strike during 'silver time' enabled Orissa Steelers beat Chandigarh Dynamos 1-0.