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Hockey: Army XI, South Central Railways in GTB Gold Cup final

Army XI will take on South Central Railway in the final of the 10th Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup at the MHA-Mahindra stadium, Churchgate today.

Sairaju AP
Sairaju AP scored the second goal for Army XI. Pic/Shadab Khan.

On Saturday, the armymen beat Indian Oil 2-1 while South Central Railway beat Western Railway 4-1. Vishwa Thakur and Siraju AP scored for Army XI in the 17th and 49th minute while Didar Singh converted a penalty corner for the oilmen in the 54th minute.

Attacking hockey
Siraju was glad that the team didn’t succumb to pressure and played as a unit. “Our strategy of playing attacking hockey in the first-half worked well. Once Vishwa scored, the pressure eased off a bit. As we were 2-0 up, we did not panic when Indian Oil hit back. I am confident about our chances of winning the title,” said the 21-year-old, who works as a hawaldar said.

Indian Oil skipper Deepak Thakur blamed injuries to key players as the main reason for his team’s defeat.

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