HIL: Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai to lift trophy
Chandigarh : It was Kalinga Lancers who stole the show to lift their first ever Coal India Hockey India League at Chandigarh. Moritz Fuerste led from the front as Kalinga Lancers ended Dabang Mumbai’s dreams of lifting the coveted trophy in their first-ever final appearance.
In the 18th minute, Aussie forward Glenn Turner helped Lancers to ensure a 2-0 lead in the match.
German stalwart who has shown incredible form, especially with his drag flicks, was inch-perfect yet again when he successfully converted a PC in the 30th minute to take Kalinga Lancers lead to a comfortable 3-0.
Dabang Mumbai made a strong comeback after the 10-minute half-time break as they won their second PC of the match in the 33rd minute. An interesting set-piece saw Harmanpreet, instead of taking the flick himself, feed the ball to the injector who cleverly deflected the it to Affan Yousuf in front of the post to convert a goal taking their deficit to 1-3.
In the 59th minute Kalinga Lancers earned a PC and sealed the match 4-1 to lift the trophy.
Earlier in the day, the Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Delhi Waveriders 5-4 in a closely-fought encounter to take home the third-place award.