LAHORE - Wapda-B and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will clash in the final of the 1st Brigadier (r) Manzoor Hussain Atif Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sargodha Hockey Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday).
Wapda-B defeated Wapda-A 3-2 in an exciting first semi-final to qualify for the final while in the second semifinal, PIA beat NBP 7-6 in a nail-biting contest, according to information made available here on Monday.
In the first semi-final, Wapda-A and Wapda-B started the match on a very positive note. In the sixth minute, Wapda-A forwards made a smart move which baffled their opponents and earned a beautiful field goal through local boy Tassawar Abbas. Wapda-B did not sit back and pressed hard for the equalizer and succeeded in the 31st minute when their captain Irfan dodged the defenders and leveled the score.  Wapda-A kept up the pressure on the Wapda-B’s citadel and their efforts bore fruit as they scored their second goal through M Usman in the 50th minute to take 2-1 lead. But their joy was short-lived as in the 55th minute Waseem of Wapda-B astounded the opponents with a fierce hit.
At 2-2 draw, the match entered in a very exciting stage and both teams went all out to win the match. But luck favoured Wapda-B which got a penalty corner in the last minute of the match and Waseem made no mistake. The second semifinal between national champion NBP and PIA was full of thrill and action which was decided on penalty shoots.  The Banker got two back-to-back penalty corners in the 25th minute and they took lead through Tousiq Arshad. PIA’s Ahsanullah equalized the score with a 41st minute goal on penalty corner. Both the team scored one goal each in the second half.
Akhtar Ali scored a goal in the 68th minute for NBP while two minutes later, PIA’s Afsar Yaqoob equalized it. The match entered into the penalty shoots stage where both the teams wasted one chance apiece.
The match was 6-6 draw and finally settled in the sudden death stage where Bankers’ Tousiq Arshad faltered while PIA’s M Zubair made no mistake and helped his team score victory.