HIL 2017: Kalinga Lancers dislodges Dabang Mumbai to top point table
Bhubaneswar : It was enthralling evening in Bhubaneswar, when the last year’s finalist clash. Runners up, Kalinga Lancers registered their first ever win against Jaypee Punjab Warriors with a narrow 6-5 victory.
Moritz Fuerste scored (18’ and 28’) while Glenn Turner (11’) and SK Uthappa (32’) scored to ensure the home team bagged five points from the match.
The encounter between Kalinga Lancers and defending Champions Jaypee Punjab Warriors brought back memories from last year’s Coal India Hockey India League when the two top teams met in the final and this time Kalinga Lancers looked to avenge the loss.
Kalinga Lancers were quick on winning their first PC in the 9th minute, the flick by Gurjinder Singh was brilliantly saved by Tristan Clemons. But the home team were unrelenting, keen on getting off to a good start they pressed hard in their attack, and it paid off when Glenn Turner struck early.
It was Matthew Dawson’s perfect pass forward that found Glenn Turner within the circle who tapped it fiercely into the post giving the home team a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute.I
In the 28th minute ensured hosts went into half-time with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
The final quarter saw some tense moments, with Jaypee Punjab Warriors making desperate attempt to come back into the game.