KARACHI Two brilliant first half goals gave WAPDA 2-1 victory over defending champion PIA and took it to the top at the points table at the end of seventh league match of the NBP 57th National Hockey Championship here Tuesday at the Hockey Club of Pakistan. Asif Michael and Rehan Butt scored in 6th and 20th minute of the fast paced first session of the game that carried WAPDA points to 18 with title holders suffered its first defeat now have 16 points. The PIA matched the brilliance and the pace of its opponents and created as many scoring opportunities as their opponents but it could not translate its territorial superiority into goals. Muhammad Alis lone goal in 51st minute. The PIA earned six PC but it failed to cash them. The NBP dreams of winning the title turned sour when it succumbed to defeat by 4-3 at the hands of a super fit Pakistan Army. The bankers who had emerged strong favourite were expected to clinch easy win against the soldiers but after taking two goals advantage in the first session the bankers lost to a fighting and fit Army. NBP is now placed third on points table with 15 points, as WAPDA and PIA took top two positions with 18 and 16 points. Pakistans brilliant young striker Haseem Khan struck twice in first session in 20th and 32nd minute to give NBP flying start but that advantage was wasted in the second session. Tariq Aziz netted NBPs third goal. Muhammad Rizwan scored in 33rd and 38th minute for Pakistan Army. Kashif Ali and Muhammad Safeer were other scorers for the solders. With two more matches remaining in the league round it look certain that WAPDA may run away with the title. Though the title race looks all over but still there could be surprises in the next two round that could throw up new leaders. Earlier, Pakistan Navy gave superb goal scoring display in its 5-1 win over the KESC. Khalid Ali, Falak Zaman, Gul Amin, Rao Nadeem and Waqasul Haq scored for the sailors. Syed Ali Mehdi netted KESCs loan goal. PIA/WAPDA clash was played at fast pace in first session .The hockey was at its best. The moves were coordinated and handful of fans at the stadium first time watched an eye pleasing and exciting hockey of the international quality. In the second session, the teams looked dull and exhausted and only at the end, the interesting encounters put some life in the proceedings with occasional good moves. PIA was quick to attack WAPDA goal immediately after push off. Twice they reached the areas but were beaten back. WAPDA moved up through their international star Rehan Butt and in the 6h minute it earned its first PC. The skipper Sohail Abbas was expected to convert but the ball from the push off could not be stopped and it went straight to the 25 yards. The WAPDA defender manned the areas and swept the ball back immediately to the crowded PIA circle where the keeper padded the ball but Asif Michael swatted the ball into the goal. That was a great breakthrough for WAPDA, which secured the lead in 20th minute with second goal. It was brilliant piece of reflexive action from Rehan Butt standing in front of the PIA goal post dabbed the ball home, as it deflected off keepers pads off a cross from the left flank. Throughout the first session the teams fought fairly for the possession of the ball for mounting attacks. A small number of fans remained glued to their seats, as they witnessed brilliant hockey. There were couple of moments when PIA came close to scoring but it did not happen in the first session. The PIA should have scored shortly after resumption but WAPDAs Muhammad Adeel cleared the ball from the goal line. PIA thrice had opportunity to reduce the margin but it did not happen until the 51st minute when Ali scored surprising the defenders. For next fifteen minutes WAPDA fought well and kept intact the wining margin.