Mumbai go down to Lancers after grand fight-back
Dabang Mumbai made a splendid recovery from 0-4 down to draw level with Kalinga Lancers before a timely field goal by the visitors buried their hopes of a maiden win as they went down 4-6 in a Hockey India League match (HIL) here on Sunday.
Wasting scores of chances, including from the field and off penalty corners, Mumbai let in two penalty corner goals from Gurjinder Singh and Adam Dixon to trail 0-2 at half-time. Later a brilliant field goal, which is counted as two, from Lalit Upadhyay saw Lancers lead by a big 4-0 margin in the third quarter.
Mumbai then rode on successive field goals from their star German striker Florian Fuchs and Gurjant Singh, in the third and in the fourth quarter, to level the scores. However, Mumbai allowed Quirijn Caspers a free run by going on an all-out attack to score the match-winner only to concede a costly field goal in the 55th minute to trail 4-6.
Mumbai made a lot of penetrative moves in the second quarter after the goalless first, but lacked ideas inside the ‘D’ while squandering one penalty corner opportunity to add to the two they earned in the opening quarter.
Kalinga converted their first two penalty corners to go 2-0 up. Gurjinder Singh gave them the lead in the 20th minute of the game when he scooped the ball in after receiving the pass from captain Moritz Fuerste who sold the dummy to the rival defenders.