Friends Union win thriller; FCI, KP win with ease in Hockey Pune League 2024-25 

Friends Union win thriller; FCI, KP win with ease in Hockey Pune League 2024-25 

Friends Union win thriller; FCI, KP win with ease in Hockey Pune League 2024-25 

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Manpreet stars for FCI with hat-trick; Omkar effort in vain

PUNE, 9 July 2024: Krida Prabodhini remained unbeaten, Food Corporation of India, Pune had Manpreet Singh drive home a hat-trick, while Friends Union Club fought off an Omkar Musale hat-trick driven-Hockey Lovers Academy 7-5 in the Hockey Pune League 2024-25 Senior and Junior Division encounters, conducted under the aegis of Hockey Maharashtra, at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri on Monday.

The Senior Division had huge and easy wins recorded. First up for the day was, Krida Prabodhini, who aided by Rohan Patil (18th p.c, 51st p.c) and Dhairyashil Jadhav (37th, 53rd) brace, flattened GST & Customs, Pune 7-2. The other goals of the day for the winners were scored by Harsh Shendgi (28th), Venkatesh Kenche (31st) and Sachin Rajgade (39th). For GST & Customs, Pune, Rohan Pillay (12th) and Taleb Shah (47th)

Later, FCI, Pune had four-goal hero Manpreet Singh (10th, 12th, 27th p.c ; 30th) lead the way with a hat-trick to down Income Tax, Pune 7-1. Raj Patil (33rd), Bheem Batala (44th) and Ajay Naidu (45th p.c) completed the tally.

Income Tax, Pune pulled one back through a penalty stroke conversion by Ajitesh Roy (42nd).

In the Junior Division, Friends Union Club were given a fight after Abhijeet Jagtap (2nd p.c) gave the lead. Omkar Musale (23rd p.c) made it 1-1 for Hockey Lovers.

Shubham Thakur (25th p.c) helped Friends Union go ahead 2-1, but then a double penalty corner conversion by Rohan Musale (28th and 30th) revered the lead in Hockey Lovers favour (2-3) to end the first half

Changing ends, Kunal Jagdale (33rd) made it 3-3, Omkar (38 p.c) then pushed Hockey Lovers ahead 4-3. Thereafter, it was Friends Union all the way with a four goal burst Kunal Jagdale (45th), Rehan Shaikh (36th); Shubham Thakur (47th) and in the same minute Yash Thakur (47th) took the tally to 7-4 in favour of Friends Union. Sameer Shaikh (54th) pulled one back to make the score at 7-5.  


Senior Division

Food Corporation of India, Pune: 7 (Manpreet Singh 10th, 12th, 27th p.c ; 30th; Raj Patil 33rd; Bheem Batala 44th; Ajay Naidu 45th p.c) by Income Tax, Pune: 1 (Ajitesh Roy 42nd p.s). HT: 4-0

Krida Prabodhini: 7 (Rohan Patil 18th p.c, 51st p.c; Harsh Shendgi 28th; Venkatesh Kenche 31st; Dhairyashil Jadhav 37th, 53rd; Sachin Rajgade 39th) bt GST & Customs, Pune: 2 (Rohan Pillay 12th; Taleb Shah 47th). HT: 1-1

Junior Division

Pool-A: Friends Union Club: 7 (Abhijeet Jagtap 2nd p.c; Shubham Thakur 25th p.c; Kunal Jagdale 33rd, 45th, Rehan Shaikh 36th; Shubham Thakur 47th; Yash Thakur 47th) bt Hockey Lovers Academy: 5 (Omkar Musale 23rd p.c, 28th p.c, 30th p.c, 38th p.c; Sameer Shaikh 54th). HT: 2-3