Ranchi Rays earned a thumping 4-0 victory against Kalinga Lancers at their home ground in Ranchi on Friday. The Ranchi Rays were led by their inspired captain Ashley Jackson, who scored a hat-trick. The fourth goal was scored by Nick Wilson.
Ranchi get the early lead and consolidate
It was an Ashley Jackson show right from the very start of the match. The captain gave his team an early lead in the 11th minute with a penalty corner conversion. He complemented it with yet another goal in the 32nd minute from his second penalty corner of the match. The solid 2-0 lead that Ranchi had earned by half time was enough proof of the dominance that they had sought to exert on today’s game.
Nick Wilson joins the party
Just a couple of minutes after Jackson scored the second goal of the match, his teammate Nick Wilson too got into the act with an excellent field goal in the 34th minute. The 3-0 lead crushed all hopes of a comeback for the visiting Kalinga Lancers.
Ashley Jackson makes it 4-0!
As if a comprehensive 3-0 lead was not enough for the Ranchi Rays, Ashley Jackson converted his third penalty corner of the match in the 41st minute, to put the game out of Kalinga Lancer’s reach.
Ranchi moves up the points table
This massive victory has propelled the Ranchi outfit to the second position in the points table, making the tussle at the top even more interesting. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards set to visit Ranchi this Sunday, the team will strongly hope to take the winning momentum into that match. The Kalinga Lancers, on the other hand, have an uphill task ahead of them, when they face bottom placed Dabang Mumbai away from home in a few days from now. The Kalinga Lancers are only a point ahead of Dabang Mumbai and this match between them could well decide who will hold the wooden spoon.