Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) emerged champions of the XXXIV Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Inter Unit hockey tournament at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium yesterday. IOC produced two quick goals in the final 10 minutes of the tense and absorbing final to snatch a thrilling 3-1 win against hosts Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
IOC players with the PSBB Inter-Unit hockey trophy after beating ONGC 3-1 in the final at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium yesterday
IOC’s Gurjinder Singh scored twice — converting a penalty stroke in the 9th minute and later a penalty corner in the 69th minute of the match, while Indeerjit Singh Chadha scored the second a little earlier, in the 60th minute, to wrap up the issue in IOC’s favour. Diwakar Ram scored from a penalty corner to enable ONGC find the equalising goal in the 24th minute.
Earlier, R Sekar’s goal helped Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) beat Engineers India Limited (EIL) 1-0 to clinch third place.
Best goalkeeper: Devesh Chauhan (IOC)
Best defender: Baljinder Singh (ONGC)
Best forward: Prabhjot Singh (IOC) Player of the tournament: Tyron Pereira (ONGC).