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Saturday, April 11, 1998

Army XI, BSF move into semi-final round

CALCUTTA, April 10: Army XI joined Border Security fORCE IN THE SEMIFINAL from Group B, of the 103rd Beighton Cup hockey tournament with a 1-0 win over Army Service Corps (ASC) at the East Bengal ground here today. Both, Orissa XI and ASC, the other teams in the group, are out of the tournament, having lost both their matches.Group A is, however, wide open with Punjab Police and Railway Coach Factory playing a 2-2 draw at the Mohun Bagan Ground. Chitaranjan Locomotive works too remained in the hunt from this group with a 3-2 victory over Bangladesh XI at the CC & FC ground.

The Punjab Police-RCF match failed to live up to expectations of a game between tournament favourites. On an overcast pleasant afternoon, the teams just failed to find their rhythm. The police team went ahead in the 32nd minute when Gursevak Singh scored following a penalty-corner. Marianus Ekka equalised for RCF through a cross from Anil Ekka in the 41st minute, only to see Punjab Police regain lead a minute later. Baljit SinghBhullar put the ball into the RCF net following a penalty-corner. The Kapurthala team got their first penalty-corner in the 57th minute and Marianus Ekka once again made good use of his stick to make it 2-2. Minutes before close, RCF's Lalit Ekka hit the Punjab Police side-board from the right.In a clash between two Army teams, Army XI, a scrap collection put together to replace Afghan XI in the tournament, defeated ASC through a 59th minute goal scored by Cyprin Aind. At that time, the winners were reduced to 10 men as D Ravi was serving out a yellow card suspension.

The young Bangladesh side's trip to Calcutta was rudely cut short by a twin strike from Sunil Minz of Chitaranjan Locomotive Works. Minz scored the decider in the 63rd minute after the teams were locked 2-2. Amar Bhengra scored the first goal for CLW. MM Rehman and Maksud Alam were the scorers for Bangladesh XI.

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