New Delhi: In a very interesting match at Hero Hockey India League, Kalinga Lancers beat the home team Delhi Waveriders by 2-1. Delhi Waveriders position in the knock-out stage however is already cemented as Dabang Mumbai lost its must win match against Uttar Pradesh Wizards at Lucknow in the afternoon.
The first quarter was almost dominated by Delhi Waveriders where they put pressure on the opponents with maximum ball possession and attacked the D of Kalinga Lancers. In the 13th minute a brilliant pass by Jason Wilson to Lloyd Norris Jones was missed by a whisker as the ball hit wide of the goal.
Two minutes left for the quarter to end Kalinga Lancers was awarded the first penalty corner of the day. Taken by Gurjinder Singh, he hit straight at the Delhi Goalie who had no problem in clearing the danger. At the end of the quarter both teams were unable to open their accounts and the scorecard stood at 0-0.
In the 39th minute Kalinga Lancers got another penalty corner in their name. With Gurjinder Singh not in the field it was on Glenn Simpson who was to see his team through to the equalizer goal. But Vickram Kanth was unable to stop the ball cleanly and the team lost the chance to score. The next minute, a miss-pass between the Delhi players in their half was pounced on by Aron Zalewski. Clearly beating the defence and the goalkeeper Aron scored a brilliant field goal helping his team to open their account and level the score at 1-1.
Cedric D’Souza, Head Coach, Delhi Waveriders said, “Today’s match was a tale of missed chances and defensive errors. A lot of opportunities were missed during the match because of communication gap between the boys. The boys attained a lot of opportunities and had a lot of circle penetrations to their name, but missed putting the ball in the net. This is something we need to work on before we enter the knock-out stage.”
Hero Goal of the Match – Aron Zalewski (Kalinga Lancers)
Man of the Match – Aron Zalewski (Kalinga Lancers)