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PIA wins 63rd Zaitoon National Hockey Championships third time

Lahore : In the final of 63rd Zaitoon National Hockey Championships at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore
PIA defeated National Bank of Pakistan on penalty shoot out after a goal less draw in the 60 minute match.
Earlier, Sui Southern Gas defeated WAPDA 1-0 to finish third.
PIA captain M.Irfan received the winners’ trophy from  Punjab’s Minister of Sports, Mr Jahangir Khanzada.
PIA has won the title for the third consecutive time thus completing the hat trick.
Provincial Minister for Mines and Minerals, Nawabzada Chaudhry Sher Ali handed over the runner up trophy to National Bank of Pakistan’s skipper Tauseeq.
Police’s brilliant forward Sharjeel, who had three hat tricks in the tournament, was declared the
‘Best Emerging Player’.
PIA Completes Hat-Trick of  National Titles; defeated National Bank on Shootout after Goalless Draw.
 
In the final of the 63rd Zaitoon National Hockey Championships at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore
PIA defeated National Bank of Pakistan on penalty shoot out after a goal less draw in the 60 minute match.
The start of the match was delayed by almost an hour due to the traffic jam.
In the first few minutes, PIA made a couple of good inroads and forced two penalty corners in succession.
NBP goal keeper Mazhar Abbas made a good save with stretched leg.
Thereafter, NBP had more of the play in the first half. They made far more entries into the circle, had a few chances but didn’t have an attempt on the goal.
The tempo of the game wasnt fast.
In the second half as well, the younger NBP side remained in ascendancy for most of the time without complete domination. The bankers made a good open play attempt and off their second PC in the 36th minute, Abu Bakr’s forceful and well directed push was brilliantly saved by the PIA net minder Imran Butt.
Frustration crept up and some rash play was witnessed. PIA’s Shafqat Rasool in the 37th minute and NBP’s Atiq in the dying minutes were shown yellow cards.
The fitter bankers had a few good chances in the last quarter. They had best opportunity to finish the match in the last minute. Imran Butt, who had a fantastic game affected two wonderful saves off field attempts.
The penalty shootout went to the wire. NBP, who started, failed to find the target in the first two shoot outs while the PIA did. Bankers were successful in the last three while PIA had wasted the fourth. Hence, it was 3-3, when PIA’s Kashif Ali stepped in for the last shoot out. He was successful and the joyous PIA squad went wild.
On Penalty Shootout:
PIA’s scorers: Haseem, Zubair, Shafqat Rasool & Kashif Ali
National Bank’ scorers: Arslan, Bilal & Dilber
SSGC Edged Out WAPDA 1-0 to Finish Third
In the third place game, it was mostly a lackluster display in the first 15 minutes from both the sides; perhaps due to the  disappointment  of the failure to qualify for the final.
In the second quarter, the experienced WAPDA side brightened the things first. They made frequent incursions into the circle but were twice denied by Amjad Ali, the Sui Southern Gas Company’s custodian.
SSGC’s  Adeel also had an excellent opportunity but he pushed out, standing in an ideal position.
Both the side had long periods of ascendancy in the third quarter. WAPDA had three PCs but Amjad Ali, SSGC’s hero of the day, was impenetrable. Gasmen’s speedy forwards made some good individual bursts into the opposition’s scoring zone but didnt test the goal keeper.
The young SSGC were definitely the better team in the last 15 minutes. Though, WAPDA had a PC and a wonderful open play chance (again blocked by Amjad), a goal from the SSGC looked more likely to come. And it did arrive in the 53rd minute. The WAPDA goal keeper padded away a good cross from the right. But Rana Sohail sprinted to put the rebound in the net.
Hence, SSGC equalled their best finish in the Nationals; had also finished third twice in the past.
SCORER:
SSGC: Rana Sohail (53′)

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