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All-India U-16 hockey: SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha lift title

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Pune, Nov 15 (IANS) SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha lifted the title in the 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys’ Under-16) tournament at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday. In the final, the Odisha team dominated proceedings before beating HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat 2-0.

The winners netted their first goal through a brilliant finish by Ritik Kujur (19th minute), who beat the HAR Hockey Academy goalkeeper Ankit to give his team the lead at the halfway stage.

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After the changeover, Mukesh Tete (54th) did well to convert a penalty corner to make it 2-0 for the Odisha team. The match thereon was played on level terms with Karan Lakra missing by a whisker twice for Odisha.

Earlier, hosts SNBP Academy bagged the third place with a brilliant sign-off performance, beating Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand 6-1. The architect of SNBP victory was Fahad Khan, who scored three goals. Fahad (4th) opened the scoring and helped SNBP Academy lead at the halfway stage.

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In the second half, Zaid Mohammed Khan (32nd) made it 2-0, Arun Pal (36th) swelled the lead to 3-0, then Avanish Singh (40th) converted a penalty-stroke to help SNBP Academy take an unassailable 4-0 lead. Fahad (41st and 47th) struck two more goals to complete a comprehensive win.

RESULTS:

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Final: SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha 2 (Ritik Kujur 19th, Mukesh Tete 54th) beat HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat 0.

III-Place: SNBP Academy, Pune 6 (Fahad Khan 4th, 41st, 47th; Zaid Mohammed Khan 32nd; Arun Pal 36th; Avanish Singh 40th) bt Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand: 1 (Philip Guriya 50th). :

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Best Goalkeeper: Rahul Pal (SNBP Academy, Pune)

Best Defender: Rohan Singh (SNBP, Pune)

Best Midfielder: Mukesh Tete (SAIL Hockey Academy)

Best Forward: Sahil Ruhal (HAR Hockey Academy)

Player of the Tournament: Ekka Anmol Jr (SAIL Hockey Academy).

–IANS

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