Bannu, Mardan, Peshawar enter into semi-finals

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KP Regional Inter-Club Hockey

Peshawar—Khadium Club Bannu, Bejligar Mardan, Civil Quarters Peshawar and Hoti Club Mardan took berth into the semi-finals of the ongoing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Regional Inter-Club Hockey Championship being played here at Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium on Monday.
Legendary Hockey Olympian Munzoor-ul-Hassan was the chief guest on this occasion.
Vice President Pakistan Hockey Federation Muhammad Saeed Khan, Organizing Secretary Syed Zahir Shah were also present.
In the first match Civil Quarters Peshawar defeated Nawa Khali Swat by 7-1 in a one-sided affair. Right winger Said Shah scored two quick goals in the third and 7th minute through field attempt. After taking two goals lead, Civil Quarters Peshawar put in more pressure against Nawa Khali Swat and succeeded in scoring two more goals through left winger Samad and full-back Ijaz. At half-time Civil Quarters was leading by 4-0.
It was the second session in which Civil Quarters kept up more pressure and scored three more goals in through Asif Ismail in 53rd), Junaid in 59th and Arsalan in 68th minute on the field attempt. For Nawa Khali Swat Israr Rahim reduced the margin in the last minute of the match through a penalty corner conversion.
In the second and last match of the League round, Khadium Club Banu defeated Al-Badar Club Timargara, Dir Lower by 8-2.
Full-back Zahid Malik opened the account for Bannu in the 6th minute and doubled the team lead through another goal on the penalty corner conversion. Bannu put Al-Badar Club under tremendous pressure and did not allow them to play with free hands. Falak Zaman and Munib scored one goal each well before the half-time and made the tally 4-0.
In the second session, Al-Badar Club managed their position and succeeded in reducing the margin through right winger Qasim in the 38th minute and Anis Ur Rehman in the 48th minute through field attempt. When the tally was 4-2, Khadium Club Bannu put in pressure and scored four more goals through Falak Zaman, Munib, Karim Khan, Usman and Nouman Khan to make the tally 8-2. Haroon Khan (PAF), Amir Hamza (PAF), Asfar and Qaiser (Wapda) supervised the matches while Master Khan, Tehsin Ullah and Ayaz Khan acted as field judges.—APP