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Dhyand Veerans Prevail in Thrilling Shootout to Claim Bonus Point Against KGS Hockey

In what was the most eagerly awaited match of the Tiruvallur Premier League, KGS Hockey took on Dhyand Veerans on a bright Sunday morning at the Sri NPV Udayar Hockey Centre in Porur.

The game lived up to its hype as both teams put on a breathtaking display of back-and-forth hockey, much to the delight of the fans in attendance.

Padmashri V Baskaran
Padmashri V Baskaran witnessing match from the sidelines

KGS Hockey struck first in the 18th minute when Somanna scored a brilliant drag flick, which was saved by Dinesh but rebounded off the goal line. Despite the best efforts of Dhyand Veerans' right back Ramesh, who appeared to have cleared the ball off the line, the umpire deemed it a goal, much to the chagrin of the Veerans' players.

However, Dhyand Veerans didn't take long to respond, with Muthuselvan hit a thunderous penalty corner deflected by Dhanush in the 31st minute to draw level. He then scored another in the 34th minute with a perfectly executed drag flick that found the left side of the goal. "Muthuselvan is a gem of a player. He always comes up with goals when we need them the most," said Rajan, a Veerans fan.

The Veerans' captain, Laxman Karan, added to KGS' woes in the 37th minute with a superb solo effort, dribbling past the KGS defense to slot the ball past the goalkeeper in the near post, much to the delight of the Veerans' fans.

Hockey game

The fourth quarter saw KGS Hockey mount a spirited comeback, and they drew level with a field goal by Ranjith in the 40th minute. They completed their comeback in the 44th minute when Somanna scored his second of the day via a penalty corner. "I knew we would bounce back. We have a great team, and we always fight till the end," said Arun, a KGS fan.

The two goalkeepers, Dinesh and Aravind, were exceptional throughout the match and made some outstanding saves to keep their respective teams in the game.

The match ended in a 3-3 draw, and it was left to the shootout to determine the winner. Dhyand Veerans held their nerve and emerged victorious in the shootout, winning 3-2 to claim the extra point.

Shootout goal
Shoot out goal by Veeran's Shyam

Laxman Karan was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant goal and leadership on the pitch. The win sees Dhyand Veerans maintain their unbeaten run in the league, while KGS Hockey will be disappointed to have dropped points after coming so close to a famous victory.

Field Hockey Shootout
Silver Stalin enroute to shootout against Dinesh

Match Officials: Umpires: Mr. Surya Prakash & Mr. Ashok

Scoring Judge: Mr. Lakshmi Naryanan Technical Officer: Mr. Abdur Samar

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