Pak rout Oman 6-1 in 2nd hockey test


Lahore—Pakistan U18 routed Oman juniors 6-1 in the second hockey test here on Saturday night at National hockey stadium under lights.
Green shirts lead the four test series 1-0 after opening match ended in a 2-2 draw. The third test will be played on September 19 and the fourth, originally scheduled at 8 pm, will now be played at 4 pm on September 20.
Pakistan displayed a vastly improved game in all the departments to lead the first half 4-0. The hosts made a statement of intent as early as the third minute when a left side attack found Awais at the top of the circle and he opened the account with a well-placed push which deceived the entire defence.
Pakistan continued with well combined moves and regularly entered the opponent’s circle. The lead was doubled in the 16th minute when a wonderful Moeen Shakeel cross from right beat the entire Omani defence and Naveed Alam at the far post easily put the ball in.
Pakistani attacks came in waves and the 19th and the 21st minutes saw two more goals. Khairullah scored off a rebound after a fine move from the left side. Then Naveed Alam in a moment of genius eliminated three defenders with delightful stick work before hitting the target.
Though, four goals down, Oman fought back and earned two penalty corners in a short span. But the drills couldn’t be completed due to fine interception by the Pakistani defenders each time.—APP