It was supposed to be a clash between the two talented visiting sides and all the eyes were fixed on the outcome of the match. However, nobody blinked when the match turned to be be a one-sided affair as Lucknow XI thrashed Dhangwal Hockey Academy, Paonta Sahib, 15-0, in the 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial sub-junior (U-14) hockey tournament played at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. Out of those 15 goals, ten came from Ankit and Manish- two different players who gelled well to pose problems for the oppostion team.
However, it was Ajay Yadav who opened the floodgates for the Lucknow team with a brilliant goal in the second minute. Manoj Singh doubled the lead as he sounded the board in the fourth minute. Then, it was Manish's turn to take the centre stage as he scored his first goal in the sixth minute of the match. Ankit also signalled his arrival with a bang and scored in the eight minute while two minutes later, Manish scored his second goal of the match as the Lucknow team took an unassailable 5-0 lead.
The Lucknow team continued to press hard and started looking to score more goals. Ankit grabbed his second goal of the day in the 17th minute to complete his hat-trick just two minutes later. Manoj Singh, meanwhile, scored his second goal of the match when he converted a penalty corner in the 21st minute. The hapless Paonta Sahib defenders couldn't stop the marauding Lucknow forwards from scoring.
Manish also completed his hat-trick when he sounded board in the 22nd minute. Two more goals in the 27th minutes inflicted further misery on the Paonta Sahib team. Ankit and Arun both got on the scoresheet as the Lucknow team was now leading by 11 goals. Manish made it 12-0 by scoring in the 31st minute and nine minutes later, the lead swelled to 13 when Ajay scored his second goal of the match.
Ankit and Manish completed the rout by scoring their fifth goals to steer the team to an easy win. Ankit got his fifth goal in the 45th minute while Manish scored his fifth goal in the 48th minute.
14 Delhi players overage
EARLIER, the proceedings began on the wrong foot when 14 players of the Delhi hockey team were found to be overage. The medical examination conducted by the doctors found 14 players to be