An early second half goal from Yuvraj Walmiki earned the defending champions a third place finish in the 2015 edition of the Hockey India League. The slender win also saw Rupinder Pal Singh net his first goal of the 2015 HIL.
1st quarter: Rupinder Pal Singh Breaks The Jinx
Cedric D’Souza’s men began brightly with Lloyd Norris-Jones and Sardar Singh sending in waves of attacks. With seven minutes played, the Waveriders found themselves with a chance to score from a penalty corner. Despite not scoring off his drag-flick, Rupinder Pal Singh scored a field goal which was also his first goal in the 2015 Hockey India League.
A few more retaliation attacks from the UP Wizards were successfully fended off from Jeremy Hayward and Rupinder Pal as the first quarter ended at 1-0 in favour of Delhi.
2nd quarter: Nikkin Thimmaiah Equalizes As First Half Ends 1-1
Determined to get back on level terms, the UP Wizards came out with fire in their belly. Nicolas Jacobi found himself beaten with 18 minutes played courtesy a clever backhand-shot from Nikkin Thimmaiah. The goal apart from seeing the Waveriders shell shocked, instilled a much needed confidence in Roelant Oltmans’ side.
The first half therefore concluded with both sides locked at 1-1.
3rd quarter:PR Sreejesh And Akashdeep Singh Star In Goalless Quarter
Despite the third quarter yielding no goals, the Delhi faithful witnessed hockey of the highest quality. Among them, the shining lights without a doubt were PR Sreejesh and Akashdeep Singh. The Indian national team custodian made a double save denying Lloyd Norris-Jones and Simon Child, both on separate occasions.
4th quarter: Yuvraj Walmiki Scores As Delhi Waveriders Cling On For Victory
Yuvraj Walmiki scored the final goal of the contest with three minutes of the fourth quarter played. The lanky forward scored against the run of play, bringing the smiles right back on the faces of each and every Delhi faithful present at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Delhi.
The goal saw Roelant Oltmans and his gritty and resilient UP Wizards fight back with renewed vigour and the UP team threw everything at Delhi. However, some magnificent defending from Rupinder Pal Singh in particular saw the Delhi Waveriders hold on to secure third position.
The Delhi Waveriders erased the pain of yesterday’s 2-0 loss to the Punjab Warriors with a sweet 2-0 win over the UP Wizards. The tournament too had a significant end for Rupinder Pal Singh who finally found his goal scoring touch with a goal in the first quarter.