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Kalinga Lancers win maiden HIL title

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Melissa Porter | 27 February, 2017, 07:50

Table toppers Dabang Mumbai, led by their skipper Florian Fuchs, had rode on a 26th minute field goal by Dutch import Robbert Kemperman to beat Delhi Waveriders 2-0 and set up a summit clash with the Lancers in the finals on Sunday. In a match that saw both teams exchanging the honours and the possession repeatedly, it was Delhi that stepped up the attack early on and created chances.

After this, the result of the match was decided by the sudden death where the Lancers won it 4-3.

Kieran Govers thought he equalised for Mumbai in the 57th minute in a goal-melee but the goal was reviewed by Kalinga and they kept their referral as he had brought down an aerial ball that was not aimed at the goal-post. Lalit Upadhyay and Aron Zalewski scored for KL while Moritz Fuerste, Adam Dixon and Dharamvir Singh failed to sound the boards. They also mucked up three penalty corners in final minutes, trying to turn them into field goals to earn two goals.

UP Wizards took an early lead when Belgian Florent Van Aubel scored in the fourth minute converting a pass from Arthur van Doren.

Though Moritz Fuerste couldn't take the flick due to a miss trap, they quickly recovered with Aran Zalewski finding the rebound only to assist Devinder Walmiki who deflected the ball into the post ending the first quarter with the score reading 2-1 in favour of Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Akashdeep Singh scored a crucial field goal to equalize in the 58th minute after a bit of a scramble in the circle.

In their first final of the HIL, it was Dabang Mumbai who were more assertive in the first quarter but they failed to get past an alert Andrew Charter in front of Lancers goal. The match was all but sealed then but Fuerste stamped his name at the top of scorers with his final strike and lift his second HIL title and the second one to do so as skipper of two different teams after Sardar Singh. Charter made two outstanding saves off Gonzalo Peillat and Ramandeep Singh to keep Lancers in the game. But Akashdeep then scored a field goal to add twist to the tale.