Railway Boys Club, Pune thrashed Rajesh Pillay Academy (RPA) 5-1 in the 31st edition of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial hockey tournament being played at the Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium.
Rajeev Bhatkar opened the scoring for Railway Boys as he guided a Ashish Bhosale pass into the net in the 20th minute. Akash Khaire then added a second in the 24th minute, tapping in a Sanju Menon pass. Khaire scored a second, the team’s third, two minutes later as he converted a Rajeev Bhatkar pass.
Ankush Kamble replied with a field goal for RPA but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolatory strike. Khaire completed his hat-trick in the 48th minute and Vinit Nimal added a fifth soon after.
In the second match of the day, Super XI recorded a 2-1 victory over Metro SC. Super XI drew first blood through Santosh Musale who converted a Sachin Kamble pass in the 11th minute. Prashant Bhokre then scored his side’s second in the 40th minute off a Nitin Salvi pass. Shailesh Gavare pulled one back for Metro SC in the 48th minute but the Super XI defence held strong for the remaining 22 minutes to claim full points. By virtue of their victory, Super XI and Railway Boys Club qualified for the quarter-finals.
On Wednesday, Pune City Police will take on Railway Police Line Boys while SRPF, Pune will face PCMC.