PUNE: HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat, and SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha will meet in the final of the 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys' Under-16) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday.
In the semi-finals played on Sunday, HAR Hockey Academy were lucky to get past hosts SNBP via the shoot-out (2-0) after both played out a 2-2 draw while SAIL defeated Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand, 6-1 in a one-sided encounter in the other semi-final.
In the shoot-out of the first semifinal, the Sonepat squad were lucky to have the goal framework save them the day. Three SNBP attempts crashed onto the goal frame. Sonepat in contrast had Raman, Ravinder Khasa find success to help their team make the final.
In the second semifinal, SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha, led by a brace of goals by Ekka Amol Jr. (3rd, 27th), Ritik Kujur (7th, 8th), and Rabi Bada (40th, 46th), romped to a one-sided 6-1 win over Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand. IANS