Pune: Patiala slammed eight goals past Chhattisgarh to qualify for the quarterfinals from Pool E, which was reduced to just two teams following withdrawals by Mizoram and Goa, but Bengal failed to get in requisite goals past Gujarat that handed Vidarbha the quarterfinal berth from Pool D, in the National ‘B’ of the 5th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Hockey championship at the Balewadi Hockey Ground here on Friday.
Also winning were Chandigarh, who scored their second straight win in Pool G and they need just a draw against Puducherry on Sunday. Dadra and Nagar Haveli, who lost heavily against Chandigarh on Thursday, defeated Puducherry to keep the group qualification still open.
Jagpal stars for Patiala
Penalty corner expert Japgal Singh slotted in three goals on set pieces as Patiala romped to 8-2 win over Chhattisgarh to make it to the quarterfinals.
Jagpal opened the account in the fourth minute and doubled it six minutes later as Patiala gave no room for Chhattsgarh to make their manouvres. Ajay Kumar scored four minutes from halftime for 3-0 lead.
There was no respite after resumption as Patiala went on the rampage as Jagpal completed his third goal before Ajay Kumar and Harvinder Singh made it 6-0. Chhattisgarh reduced the margin through Upendra Pillay (50th) and Manish Yadav (52nd) but Patiala were not sitting pretty on six goals.
Manjinder Singh added one more in the 53rd minute before Harvinder Singh rounded off for 8-2 winning score-line.
Bengal let pass chance
Atanu Saha, Pramod Kumar Singh and Suprahit Rakshit scored two goals each as Bengal defeated Gujarat 7-1, but failed to achieve the win by nine goal margin to displace Vidarbha from the No 1 position in Pool D.
Vidarbha, who beat Gujarat 8-0 on Tuesday, who make it to the quarterfinals on better goal difference than Bengal,
In other league matches, Chandigarh scored 6-3 win over Bihar to register their second win from Pool G. Gagandeep Singh and Ranwant Singh scored braces, while Ranjodh Singh and Harwant Singh struck one each to prop Chandigarh.
In the same group, Dadra and Nagar Haveli defeated Puducherry 2-0 thanks to goals from Neeraj (30th) and Amrit Kiro (47th).
In the final match of the day, Madhya Pradesh edged past Major Port Sports Control Board 1-0 thanks to 47th minute goal by Mayank Jemes.
Pool D: Bengal 7 (Atanu Saha 4th, 52nd, Mohammed Soeb Khan 20th, Pramod Kumar Singh 33rd, 58th, Suprajit Rakshit 39th, 53rd) beat Gujarat 1 (Aashish Dave 48th). HT: 2-0
Pool E: Patiala 8 (Jagpal Singh 4th, 10th, 35th, Ajay Kumar 26th, 37th, Harvinder Singh 43rd, 59th, Manjinder Singh 53rd) beat Chhattisgarh 2 (Upendra Pillay 50th, Manish Yadav 52nd). HT: 3-0
Pool G: Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2 (Neeraj 30th, Amrit Kiro 47th) beat Puducherry 0. HT: 1-0.
Chandigarh 6 (Gagandeep Singh 4th, 53rd, Ranjodh Singh 22nd, Ranwant Singh 34th, 38th, Harwant Singh 56th) beat Bihar 3 (Sanjay Tirkey 26th, Satish Herenu 45th, Rakesh Roshan Ekka 60th). HT: 2-1.
Pool H: Madhya Pradesh 1 (Mayank Jemes 47th) beat Major Port Sports Control Board 0.
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