LAHORE - NBP, Wapda, PIA and Punjab-C on Wednesday entered the semifinals of the 33rd National Junior Hockey Championship being played at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium.

According to the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) spokesman, the goal by Shan Irshad and two by Mubashar of NBP edged out Army 6-1 in the first quarterfinal. Wapda cruised into the semifinal beating Pakistan Education Board in an interesting second quarterfinal. The victors struggled hard to get the desired victory as they faced tough resistance from the Board lads in the first two halves.

PIA toppled Customs 7-2 in the third quarterfinal. Rana Sohail slammed two impressive field goals in the fifth and sixth minutes respectively to put PIA in the commanding position. Customs came back in the match scoring two goals in the second half with Bila scoring in the 24th minute and Sarwan in the 28th minute. Saif Ali of PIA also netted two goals in the 17th and 27th minutes respectively. PIA’s Nohaiz Zahid (31st minute), M Awais (38th minute) scored field goals while Abu Bakr converted a penalty corner in the 58th minute to help PIA score victory.  Lady Luck did not come on Railways’ way as they were surprisingly outshined by Punjab-C 3-0 in the fourth quarterfinal.  Tomorrow (Friday)’s semifinals: PIA will take on WAPDA while NBP will vie against Punjab-C.