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AG Bengal rules hockey field

Defeating Odisha, the AG Bengal team secured a berth in the finals of the East Zone Inter-audit Hockey Championship that began at Mecon stadium in Ranchi on Tuesday.

Unlike previous years, only three teams from the offices of the accountants-general of Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand are participating in the tournament this time. Initially, the teams will play on a league basis and the two top-scoring teams will meet in the finals, informed Subimal Mukhopadhyay, welfare officer of AG Jharkhand that is hosting the event.

Two league matches were played on Tuesday. In the first match at 11am, the host team took on AG Odisha. But the match ended in a goal-less draw as both teams failed to favourably convert chances.

In the second match in the afternoon, AG Bengal and AG Odisha faced each other. In the first half, the Bengal team dominated and took a lead when ace Gurdeep Singh Butter scored a goal during the end of that half.

After the lemon break, Odisha played aggressively and made some bold moves. However, they could not utilise a single move to their benefit. The Bengal team, though mellowed in their attack compared to the first half, also made a few adventurous moves but their attack was successfully repelled by Odisha goalkeeper Dinesh Mann, restricting the opponents from increasing the lead.

With Tuesday’s win, the Bengal team scored 5 points straightaway and secured its position as a finalist team while both teams from Jharkhand and Odisha were tied with 2 points each.

In the remaining league matches, AG Jharkhand will AG Bengal on Wednesday to secure a berth in the finals slated for the afternoon. In case AG Jharkhand loses to Bengal, both Odisha and Jharkhand will remain tied with 2 points each.

In that eventuality, goal average will be considered and the team conceding more goals will be placed at the bottom. As of now, Odisha has conceded a single goal in the two league matches, while Jharkhand has none.