Mahtab Uddin : Usha KC set the final tussle with Abahani Ltd. in the UCB Club Cup Hockey Tournament 2013 eliminating their challengers in the semi-finals at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
The final of the competition will be held on Wednesday at the same venue at 2.30 pm.
Last year Usha won the final match of the club cup hockey defeating Abahani Ltd. Before that in the final of The Club Cup Hockey Tournament 2009 Usha became the runner up being defeated by Mohammedan SC. Lat in 2007 Abahani Ltd. was the champion of Club Cup Hockey Tournament.
In the first semi-final, Abahani outplayed archrival Ajax Sporting Club by 7-0 goals while Usha confirmed their place in the final after thrashing Sonali Bank SRC by 5-1win in the second semi-final. In the preceding year Usha won over Sonali Bank by 9-2 in the second semi-final.
Abahani Ltd. achieved three in the first half of the first semi-final and the rest four in the second half. Abahani’s forward Khorshedur Rahman opened their score counter in the 10th minute. In 18th minute Mohammad Romman Sarker passed the ball back to forward Sheikh Mohammad Nannu from the outside of the D-box and Nannu passed it to Mohammad Din Islam. Din Islam successfully converted it into the second goal for Abahani. Before the break, Hasan Zubayer Niloy netted the third goal. In the second half, forward Sheikh Mohammad Nannu, Mohammad Romman Sarker, Puskar Shikha Mimo and Rayhan Uddin scored four goals. In this style Abahani Ltd. secured their place in the final.
Last year Abahani moved to the final defeating Mohammedan in the semi. But this year Abahani’s traditional rival Mohammedan didn’t participate in the Club Cup Hockey Tournament.
In the second semi-final, Usha trashed Sonali Bank SRC by 5-1 goals. Usha scored their four of the five goals before the break while Manik, forward of Sonali Bank netted their lone goal. Jahid Bin Talik Shuvo and Rimon Kumar Ghosh scored the second and third goals for Usha. Usha’s Penalty corner specialist Mamunur Rahman Chayan made good use of his strength converting a penalty corner in the 13th minute into a goal. In the 41st minute Usha’s forward Jahid Bin Talib Shuvo scored the 5th and the last goal of the match and the team left the field in style securing their place in the final.
Usha KC will face Abahani Ltd in Final match of UCB Club Cup Hockey tournament 2013 tomorrow.