LAHORE - Pakistan outclassed Oman in the last and fourth test 8-3 to clinch the Under-18 hockey test series 3-0 here at the National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

The highlight of the day was Pakistani youngsters’ brilliant performances against the visitors which proved that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) sincere efforts of hunting fresh talent and grooming them for international events have started bearing fruit. With such sterling performances by Pakistani lads against Oman team without having any international exposure, it can be expected that they will also do well in the upcoming 4th Boys U-18 Asia Cup Hockey to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 24.

Pakistan started the fourth and last test against Oman with aggressive approach and kept on attacking the opponents’ goal. Their efforts paid off in the 7th minute when Ali Aziz skillfully put the ball into the net to give Pakistan 1-0 lead. The green shirts continued to raid Oman goalpost and completely dominated the play with well-orchestrated moves. It was then Adeel Latif, who dexterously dodged two opponents in a mesmeric run before finding the target with an excellent shot. In the 23rd minute, soon after getting the possession of the ball, Ali Aziz once again converted a superb goal to complete his brace and provided Pakistan 3-0 lead just before the hooter of half time was blown.

Pakistan made it 4-0 in the very first minute after resumption of the match in the second half, with captain Junaid Manzoor thwarting a tremendous goal in the 36th minute. It seemed all over for Oman but the visitors bounced back in style and pumped in two inspiring goals to make it 4-2. Rashad Salim Hamed hit the first goal for Oman in 43rd minute while in the 44th minute, Adnan Khalil Abdullah scored from near the left post with a small reverse shot.

Pakistan then recovered quickly from this set back and Oman were put to sword as the hosts added four more goals in 10 minute with Khairullah, Afraz, Abdullah Babar and Ahmed Nadeem hammering one goal apiece to provide Pakistan unbeatable 8-2 lead. In the dying moments of the match, Oman managed to add one more goal in their total tally through Rashad Hameed to finish the final test at 8-3.

Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada was chief guest at the concluding ceremony, while PHF president Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, secretary Shahbaz Senior, Director Development Naveed Alam and others were also present on the occasion.

Talking to the journalists soon after Pakistan’s 8-3 triumph over Oman, manager Kamran Ashraf said: "My team's coordination and understanding has improved with every game. The team appears well prepared for the upcoming Boys Under-18 Asia Cup starting in Bangladesh from September 24.”

It is pertinent to mention here that four out of 11 players were from Tauqeer Dar Hockey Academy, who played key role in Pakistan team’s triumphs and were ready to represent the country in international events. Speaking on the occasion, Tauqeer Dar said: “I, along with all the hockey Olympians and fans, am very happy with the revival of international hockey in Pakistan. The credit of this goes to the PHF top brass, which has been struggling hard in promoting the national game and reviving international hockey in Pakistan.”