LAHORE, Jan 10 (APP):Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Polo D Sufi qualified for the main final of the Tenacious Polo Cup 2019 after winning their respective ties while PBG/Remounts and Master Paints/Diamond Paints booked berths in the subsidiary final here on Thursday.In the first match of the day, played at Fortress Stadium, the PAF defeated PBG/Remounts by eleven and a half goals to ten.
Raja Sami Ullah emerged hero of the day for PAF as he fired in fabulous five goals while Nafees Ur Rehman Barry contributed one goal. For PBG/Remounts, Nicolas Ruiz Guinazu hammered a hat-trick and Saqib Rider banged in a brace.
Earlier, four-chukker was played and the match resumed with PAF
having five and a half to five goals lead. The fifth chukker remained goalless while the sixth chukker saw PAF stamping their authority by thwarting two back-to-back goals by Raja Sami to enhance their lead to seven and a half goal to five.
PBG played well and struck one through Nicolas to reduce the margin to seven and a half to six. The seventh chukker was also dominated by PAF as they scored a quartet against one by PBG. For PAF, Raja Sami added two more and Nafees Barry hit one. For PBG, Saqib Rider converted one. At the close of the seventh chukker, PAF were enjoying the lead of eleven and a half goal to seven.
PBG though staged a strong comeback and thwarted three back-to-back goals yet they couldn't add more goals in their total tally, thus lost the match by eleven and a half goals to ten.
Polo D Sufi registered an impressive victory against Master Paints/Diamond Paints with a margin of twelve and a half goal to nine.
Earlier, in the four chukkers played here the other day, Polo D Sufi were enjoying the lead of seven and a half goals to four. When the match resumed, Master Paints/Diamond Paints put enormous pressure on their rivals, thus succeeded in converting two back-to-back goals - one each by Hamza Mawaz Khan and Saqib Khan Khakwani - to reduce the margin to seven and a half goal to six. But Mumtaz Abbas then struck a field goal to stretch their lead.
Mumtaz Abbas then slammed in two more goals in the sixth chukker to further give his side ten and a half to six goals lead, but Hamza also pumped in one to make it ten and a half to seven. Hamza Mawaz then fully prevailed in the seventh chukker as he banged in a brace to further reduce the deficit to ten and a half to nine goals. In the eighth and last chukker, Polo D Sufi stamped out their authority and thwarted two tremendous goals to finish the match having the lead of twelve and a half goal to nine.
The subsidiary final will now be played between PBG/Remounts and Master Paints/Diamond Paints on January 12 at 1:00 pm while the main final will be contested between PAF and Polo D Sufi on January 13 at 3pm.