The top two teams in the league, Don Bosco (DBO) and KOC Blue squared up against each other on Friday, March 29. The match maintained its top billing and was keenly contested. Both teams, having talented young players, put on a good display of hockey. DBO capitalized on a defensive error and took an early lead with Brandon being the scorer. KOC Blue mounted several raids and tested the opponents’ goalkeeper, Jayan, repeatedly. Finally, the Blues did manage to get the ball in the net through their main striker Hosam Jabran. Hosam once again leveled the score after Projot notched a second for DBO.
The fast-paced match was marred to a certain extent by both teams questioning the referee’s calls on several occasions.
In the 2nd match of the day, Kuwait Independents Hockey (KIH) comfortably beat Kuwait Hockey Kings (KHK) for their first win of the tournament.
KIH needed this win desperately to keep their chances alive to qualify for the semis. They went on the offensive from the start. The first quarter was barren, however, KIH went on the rampage, thereafter.
Sohail Alam scored a hat trick and Harman rounded off the tally to win 4-0.
The 3rd match of the day was between Mumbaikars and KOC Green. The teams were well balanced, both needed a win to bolster their chances of qualifying.
Mumbaikars scored the first goal through the stick of Abdulla Shahid.
In the second session, Greens, on a full attack mode, equalized through Mustaq in the last 5 minutes.The match concluded in a draw.
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Games scheduled for April 5, 2019 are:
Kuwait Hockey Kings vs Mumbaikars
International Red vs Kuwait Independents Hockey
KOC Blue vs KOC Green