HIL: Kalinga Lancers pips Dabang Mumbai

Glenn Turner’s strike in the third quarter resulted in a hard-earned 4-3 win for Kalinga and handed Mumbai its first defeat in five matches at the Mahindra Stadium.

Dabang Mumbai(Blue) in action against Kalinga Lancers(Orange) during the Hockey India League match at Mahindra Stadium. Kalinga Lancers won by 4-3.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Glenn Turner capped a dynamic show in the rival half with a stunning deflected field goal for Kalinga Lancers against Dabang Mumbai in the Coal India-Hockey India League here on Tuesday.

The Aussie’s strike in the third quarter resulted in a hard-earned 4-3 win for Kalinga and handed Mumbai its first defeat in five matches at the Mahindra Stadium.

Turner turned home a fierce carpet drive by Anand Lakra into the Dabang goalmouth, giving no time for the goalkeeper to react to his first touch.

Twelve penalty corners were forced collectively, with two classy drag-flicks by Moritz Fuerste for the visiting team standing out. Harmanpreet Singh smashed home a rebound from a penalty corner with a reverse hit.

Kalinga’s penalty-corner defence was noteworthy with its goalkeeper Andrew Charter padding away many attempts.

Dabang retains first place with 18 points from five games, followed by Kalinga Lancers in second place with 15 points.

David Harte, under the home team bar, was kept busy in the first two quarters by S.K. Uthappa’s fine crosses from the left. Three penalty corners were forced by Dabang and Kalinga respectively on either side of half-time.

Fuerste powered home twice via the direct route as the visiting team drew level at 2-2. The home team earned two more corners in the third quarter, but did not get the desired results.

The results: Kalinga Lancers 4 (Moritz Fuerste 32, 33 PCs, Glenn Turner 40 FG) bt Dabang Mumbai HC 3 (Harmanpreet Singh 27 PS, 43 FG).

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