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 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.
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.