PIA, NBP in NBP Gold Cup Hockey final


Pakistan international Airlines and National Bank of Pakistan continued the flow of their victories in the NBP Gold Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday and advanced into the final of the event at the outer ground of the national stadium. NBP beat Wapda 4-2 and PIA made short work of Army 3-1. In another match Customs beat Sui Southern Gas Company 3-2. Thursday is the rest day. PIA will play NBP in the final on December 14 and Army will face Customs in a classification match. PIA finished the first half 1-0 against Army getting 20th minute field goal from Imran. Airlines continued their hunt for more goals and accelerated the pace of their attacks with the aid of their right and left flanks duly supported by mid field. In the following session of the play Inyatullah added the 60th minute penalty corner goal as Ammad Butt contributed a field goal in the very minute to enhance the worries of their opponents. Army made their presence felt at the filed when Habib ur Rehman scored a field goal in the dying moments of the play. NBP led 3-0 at break against Wapda after taking control right from the start. Dilber scored the 2nd minute penalty corner goal followed by Kashif Javed’s field goal in the 16th minute and Akhtar Ali dominated in a filed move, three minute before the close of the first session. Wapda broke the dead lock when Zubair Riaz struck twice with a rousing display of skills and technique ,contributing 45th and 52ndminutes goals before bankers Mohammad Ayub produced a field goal in the 50thminute. Customs wrapped up the first half 3-1 against SSGC Customs took lead through 10th minute goal scored by Waseem Abbas and SSGC leveled at 1-1 after receiving 14th minute goal from Abdul Qayyum. Waseem Abbas and Rizwan Khan scored one goal apiece in 15thand 30th minute from Customs.