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Punjab Police, winner of the Beighton Cup hockey tournament in Kolkata on Thursday.
Punjab Police, having become champion in the Police hockey tournament, won its first major National event this year. The Police team had won the Beighton Cup in 1966 and repeated the feat in 1997 in the two final appearances prior to this.
Packed with a host of internationals, the Jalandhar team made a subdued start against CRPF, Delhi, which had reached the summit clash defeating fancied Indian Airlines in the semifinals. Backed by two titles this year, CRPF showed enough proficiency on grass while moving into the final. The team was given enough respect by Punjab Police, which began cautiously. In keeping with its reputation, CRPF had the upperhand in the initial exchanges and threatened the Punjab Police goal with repeated forays. The Delhi team earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute but was unfortunate not to take the lead as its forward J. Topno found the net instead of the board, trying the first direct hit off the second short-corner. Even as the Police team tried to wrest the initiative, CRPF continued to mount pressure with effective attacks through the flanks. The exchanges became unduly rough with two CRPF players suffering bleeding injuries.
In an effort to discipline the sides, umpire Virender Bahadur Singh hauled up the two captains Daljit Singh of Punjab Police and S.K. Vashist of CRPF and gave them temporary suspensions in the 10th minute.
With both teams down to 10, CRPF found another opening in the 13th minute but T. Kujur's shot was saved by Police custodian Manpreet Singh. Unlike its opponent, the Police team took the chance that came its way and forged ahead in the 15th minute with a fine field goal by Sarabjit Singh.
Moving into the second session with a 1-0 lead, the Policemen widened the lead in the 54th minute even as the CRPF forwards continued to mess up their opportunities. Baljit Singh Buller shone in the provider's role for the Police team and paved the way for his team's second goal. His superb cross found Gabbar Singh unmarked on the left and Gabbar made no mistake as he sent the ball home past the CRPF goalkeeper X. Ravindro.
Daljit Singh, displaying brilliant stick-work, weaved through the CRPF defence and finished with equal precision to bring up the third goal for Punjab Police in the 56th minute.
CRPF got into the scoring act too late and availed a last minute penalty corner, which was converted by Vashist just as the hooter signalled the end of the match and tournament. Our Sports Reporter
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