Jaypee Punjab Warriors drubbed Kalinga Lancers by 4-2 and secured their first win of the Hero Hockey India League 2015 at their home turf in Mohali.
Giving a speedy start to the game, both Kalinga Lancers and Jaypee Punjab Warriors were seen in an attacking mode, trying to penetrate each other’s D and taking the lead in the game from the first quarter itself. It was only in the 8th minute of the game when Lalit Upadhyay of Kalinga Lancers made a break-through with the help of a counter attack and sliced in a field goal beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Jaap Stockmann and helping Kalinga Lancers to take the early lead in the game over the home team.
It was only when the Jaypee Punjab Warriors secured a second penalty corner opportunity in the second quarter of the game itself, Jamie Dwyer made no mistakes in converting it into a goal and levelled the scores with Kalinga Lancers. Continuing the dominating spree in the game now, Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Jamie Dwyer stroked-in a magnificent field goal in the 28th minute and snatched away the lead by 2-1 over Kalinga Lancers, just before the half time whistle.
Where both the teams kept their speedy and attacking form upbeat, even in the quarter of the match, their respective defence line-up was also seen getting stronger with every minute. Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ drag-flicker Sandeep Singh opened his goal account for the day in the third quarter itself when he skilfully converted a penalty corner and helped the team take the lead further ahead by 3-1. Kalinga Lancers’ repeated efforts to reduce the score margin, failed to yield results for the team in the third quarter.
Jaypee Punjab Warriors were seen in full swing in the last quarter of the match as well, as the home team was in no mood to let the Kalinga Lancers do any damage. Dharamvir Singh added another goal to Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ account when he carved his way out and pierced in a field goal beating Kalinga Lancers’ goalkeeper in the 50th minute and taking the lead to 4-1. Kalinga Lancers picked up pace and were seen keeping the game alive when Gurjinder Singh made no mistakes in converting a penalty corner and reducing the score to 4-2. Kalinga Lancers were restricted from doing any further damage as the Jaypee Punjab Warriors registered their first win in the Hero Hockey India League 2015 at their home turf.