Lahore: The Pakistan women touch ball team led their country to the first gold of the Punjab International Sports Festival beating Iran by 3-2 score in extra time in an action packed final here on Friday University of Lahore ground.
Touch ball is the only event of the international festival in which a foreign female team participated. Pak team and the hosts played a full time 2-2 draw and the match went into extra time in which the home team received the match winning goal from Ghazala before Nighat added two goals. Iranian team received strong support from their ace striker Sumiya who netted twice.
In rugby final, New Zealand thrashed Pakistan 38-0 to win the gold in a dull and one sided affairs which speak volume of homes team’s dismal performance.
In the International Baseball competition: Sri Lanka thrashed Nepal 10-0.Sri Lankan best scorers were Sameera with 3 runs, Chmara scored 2, Iresh, Niroshan, Hapurachi, Helanka and Naveen one each.
In the International Football matches, Serbia beat Sri Lanka 3-2.Masic Dejau, Lazaravic Pavle and Dosevski Milos from Serbia hit one goal each. Rohana Denesh and Sanoj supported Sri Lankan side and shared one goal apiece. Yemen will meet Mangolia in a football match tomorrow, Saturday at 11AM.
In touch ball international competition six matches were decided, Punjab beat Jordan and then outplayed Yemen, Jordan beat Yemen, Pakistan beat Syria, Sri Lanka beat Jordan and Syria beat Nepal.
In fist ball five league matches were decided, following are the results, Punjab beat Jordan 2-0, Punjab beat Yemen 2-0, Pakistan beat Syria 2-0, Pakistan beat Afghnistan 2-0, and Sri Lanka beat Jordan 2-1.
India , rode on a superb hat trick by ace penalty corner shooter Harpreet Singh, made a grand come back to snatch a sensational 5-5 draw in the second match of the Dosti Cup of Punjab international sports festival at Johar Town ground.
The three match series stands undecided as the first tie ended in a draw. The third and the last match will be played on November 11 as tomorrow, Saturday is the rest day.
The green shirts led 4-2 at interval as India came with full force to change the whole complexion of the play to score two goals in last nine minutes to earn a draw with Harpeet appeared master of the situation with four goals in the match.
Pakistan took the lead through Ahsan in 4th minute off a penalty corner as Mohammad Ayub doubled the lead in the 12th minute in a field move. Indian side got their first goal from Harpeet in the 19th minute with Ahsan scoring his second goal to make it 3-1 in the 24th minute off a short corner and Mohammad Rziwan expanding lead at 4-1 in the 32nd minute. Harpeet collected his second goal moments before the close of the first half and add another, five minutes into the second half, showing precision off short corners. Pakistan’s Imran Malik scored in a mid field move in 45th minute as Harpeet and Karamjeet Singh scoring one goal apiece to shatter home sides hopes for a success.
Punjab won the national badminton women final beating NWFP 3-0. Farwa beat Khadija 11-2, 11-3, 11-1, Ayesha beat Sabahat 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, Saba beat Nida 11-2, 11-1, 11-2.
In the National Sports festival Athletics competitions: Saima earned first position in the 100 M Race finishing the distance in 13.00 seconds , Adeela of Fata was second.In 200M :Sehrish Asghar of Punjab got first position by completing the distance in 28.16 seconds whereas Aneela of Fata was second.In 400M’s, Sahib-e-Asra of Punjab achieved first position touching the finishing line within 1:01 seconds, Rukhsana of KPK was second.In 800 M’s Sahib-e-Asra of Punjab again achieved first position ending the distance in 2:36:00 seconds while Farza of KPK was second.In 1500M’s :Asia Munir acquired first position with finishing time of 5:45 seconds, Farzana of KPK was second.Nighat Kausar of Punjab won the Long jump .The distance was 5:03 M, Rukhsana of KPK was second.In Shotput:Sadia Khaliq of Punjab achieved first throwing the ball at 9:08 M , Adeela of Fata maintained second positions.In the Javelin Throw: Sadia Khaliq of Punjab throw the javelin at the distance of 32:82 M to win first position while Laila Akbar of Fata got second position
In the Football national matches: Balochistan outplayed Islamabad 8-0.In the second match , Punjab beat Fata 1-0.Usama Bilal of Punjab scored the only goal.The Semi finals between Punjab and KPK and Fata vs Balochistan will be played on November tomorrow, Saturday at Iqbal park sports complex .