IOC wallops Indian Railways to lift Murugappa Gold Cup
Chennai, Sep 16 (PTI): Indian Oil Corporation underlined its class, hammering Indian Railways 4-0 in the final Sunday to emerge victorious in the 92nd All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here.
The formidable IOC team, comprising a number of internationals, dominated the summit clash, after having come through a thrilling semifinal Saturday (against Indian Army).
The Railways, on the other hand, had outplayed Punjab & Sind Bank in the semifinal, but couldn't raise its game when it mattered the most.
The match got off to a quick start with both teams looking to get the breakthrough early to lay down the marker.
Roshan Minz, one of the several IOC players with international experience, opened the scoring when he sounded the boards in the 14th minute.
The Railways' defence came under pressure as the IOC forward-line pushed forward.
IOC increased the lead four minutes later when in-form Gurjinder Singh beat the Railway custodian in the 18th minute from a penalty corner.
It took another three minutes for the team to go 3-0 up as Talwinder Singh slammed home from a penalty corner, putting IOC in control.
Armed with a 3-0 lead at half-time, IOC continued to push ahead even while having to thwart the Railways attempts to find a way back into the match.
IOC scored against the run of play in the 52nd minute through Bharath Chikkara to make it 4-0.
Former Chairman of Murugappa Group, M A Alagappan gave away the prizes