8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup: Dilber nets thrice to take Pakistan to quarter-finals

Colts down Oman 7-1 to top Pool B, face China next


Nabil Tahir November 17, 2015
Pakistan need to win the quarter-final against China to qualify for next year’s Junior World Cup in India. PHOTO COURTESY: ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

KARACHI: Muhammad Dilber Hussain’s hat-trick guided Pakistan’s junior hockey team to a comfortable 7-1 win over Oman in the last Pool B match of the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup, which saw the Colts top their pool, at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, Malaysia on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old opened the scoring in the third minute, but the lead lasted only two minutes as Oman’s Shafi alShatari equalised in the fifth.

However, that was it for Oman who found it difficult to curtail Pakistan’s attack as Abu Mahmood got the Colts back in the lead with a goal in the eighth minute through a penalty corner, while Muhammad Bilal Qadir added another in the 15th minute to make it 3-1.

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Goals kept on coming for the Colts as Mahmood once again found the net by successfully convert a penalty corner in the 28th minute, while Muhammad Atiq opened his account by scoring a minute before the interval to give Pakistan a commanding 5-1 lead at half time.

Oman became more offensive in the second half which saw Ammaar alShaaibi getting booked and while he was out serving his five-minute penalty, Pakistan found the net again through Dilber, who converted in the 62nd minute and added another three minutes later to complete his hat-trick and the 7-1 rout.

Pakistan coach Tahir Zaman praised the team for their performance, especially reserving his appreciation for Dilber.

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“It was a great effort by the team,” Zaman told The Express Tribune. “The boys showed impeccable attacking skills by putting seven goals past the opponents.

“We will take the positives out of the game and work hard on deriving a balance between attack and defence for the next match. Dilber was outstanding. I knew he can contribute for the team, but seeing him play this well is something really impressive,” he added.

Meanwhile, the hat-trick hero credited the team for his performance. “The energy I get when the whole team plays together is what enables me to gain confidence and score,” said Dilber. “It was the efforts of the whole team which led to such an amazing result.”

Pakistan now need to win their quarter-final against China to progress in the tournament and qualify for next year’s Junior World Cup in India.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2015.

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asif | 7 years ago | Reply Pak hockey team needs a lot of improvement in their def specially if week teams such as china oman may take lead first against them it means they are unable to beat india malaysia korea though they beat korea but korea will play against them in semi final with new techniques and improvements and as compared to pak team they wont repeat their mistakes pak need to work harder ................................................. in the past they have also won against week team by big leads but aginst strong team they became wall of sand.asif
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