Ranchi Rays defeat Kalinga Lancers to win the Eastern Derby
28th January, 2016, Ranchi: One of the most awaited matches between defending champions Ranchi Rays and Kalinga Lancers came to an end with the former winning the Eastern derby 3-2 today at the Astro Turf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi. Ranchi Rays came from behind to register this spectacular win sealing the pole position in the point’s tally of the 4th edition of Coal India Hockey India League.
Spectators were up for a great show as the match started at a fiercely competitive level, with both the teams leaving no chance to score, but a spectacular display of the defensive line at both ends ensured no conversion on either sides. The story continued in the second quarter as well, with the only change an increased attack from the hosts on the Kalinga Lancers. The first half saw some close chances being created but neither of the teams were able to capitalise on them.
The second half started with a flurry of attacks from Kalinga Lancers who were rewarded for their attacking play in the first three minutes of the third quarter through Malak Singh giving the vistors a hard fought lead of 2-0. The home team in response started pressing hard and were soon rewarded in the 39th minute with a penalty corner which was successfully converted through Captain Ashley Jackson. The 4th quarter saw the Ranchi Rays in their attacking flow as defender Timothy Deavin scored a field goal in the 48th minute giving the defending champions a much needed 3-2 lead. Post this the Ranchi Rays were at their defensive best not allowing the visitors any chance to even break into their side. Numerous failed attempts to score from the visitors in the dying moments saw the match ending with a score line of 3-2 in the favour of Ranchi Rays.
The win for Ranchi Rays will take them to 16 points and top of the table while Kalinga Lancers move to the second position with 12 points.
The Coal India Goal of the Match award of INR 50,000 was presented by Shri Shekhar Sharan, CMD, CMPDIL to Kalinga Lancers Malak Singh, while Mohd. Amir Khan from Ranchi Rays walked away with the Most Entertaining Player of the Match award. Aran Zalewski from Kalinga Lancers won the Man of the Match award of INR 50,000 while his team mate Matthew Dawson won the INR 25,000 Hero Emerging Player of the Match award.
The next match of the 4th edition of the Coal India Hockey India League will be played between Dabang Mumbai and Delhi Waveriders at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on 29th January 2016.