In a battle of two local outfits, Indian Navy showed sharper finishing to register a 4-3 win in Pool C of the 49th All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium yesterday.
An Indian Navy player (left) tries to get past a WR player during their Bombay Gold Cup match at the MHAL Stadium yesterday
Navy were 1-0 up at half time through a field goal by Amit Goswami and made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half via a penalty corner strike by captain A K Kiro before former champions Western hit back to restore parity.
Goals from WR's Amit Rohidas, off a penalty corner in the 43rd minute and an opportunistic field goal by Malak Singh six minutes later made it 2-2, promising a stiff battle ahead.
Navy though pumped in two goals in quick succession to seal the tie. Naveen Kumar deflected in a fine diagonal pass from Parteek Singh and Mohd Faheem Khan doing likewise off a forward pass from Ved Prakash as Navy went 4-2 up. Malak Singh pulled one back for WR two minutes from the end.