Lahore : The youthful Customs side gave the defending champions PIA a real scare before going down 3-4 in an exciting encounter at the 64th National Hockey Championships in Sukkur.
PIA: Ehasanullah 2, Mudassar Abbas & Usman Ghani
Customs: Salman Hussain, Shahbaz & Farhan
Another exciting match was witnessed between ZTBL nad Railways. The newly raised ZTBL, who are making their debut at the nationals, also went past the rail-men by a scoreline of 4-3
ZTBL: Shazaib Khan 2, Hammad Anjum 2
Railways: Mohsin Javed, Zaheer Hussain & M.Sheheryar
Unlike PIA, last year’s runners up National Bank had a big win against Port Qasim Authority.
The bankers defeated the hapless PQA 9-0 Dilber, M.Attique and Arslan Qadir had a brace each while Hafiz, Abubakar & Attique Arshad shared the other goals WAPDA, another contender for the title, also had an easy sailing against Higher Education Commission, winning by eight goals to nil SCORERS:
M.Imran 2, Tasawwar Abbas, Ajaz Ahmed, Asad Bashir, Irfan, Ghazanfar, Rana Umair Punjab, a strong provincial outfit, riding on a hat trick by Ahmad Farhan and a brace by Ahmer Ali, defeated Gilgit-Baltistan 7-0. Muzammil Hussan and Jahangir Ali scored a goal each.