Bali’s hat-trick helps Mahilpur United lord over Rurka Kalan
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Between the two football clubs from Punjab- YFC Rurka Kalan and Mahilpur United Football Club- one player stood tall, who single-handedly decided the outcome of the match. Bali Gagandeep, the burly striker of the Mahilpur team, pumped in three goals as his brilliant hat-trick steered the team to an easy 3-0 victory over YFC in the 7th Kanwar Harbans Lal Memorial football tournament being played at Sector 17 Football Stadium on Monday.
Braving the chill in the air, both the teams started off well and launched attacks in the opposition halves. However, it was Mahilpur United who drew the first blood as Bali connected with the ball well and blasted a powerfully volley into the back of the net to put his team ahead.
The Rurka Kalan forwards then launced numerous counter attacks and looked dangerous but some good work from the Mahilpur keeper and shoddy finishing from their players stopped them from getting the equaliser.
As a result, Mahilpur enjoyed the 1-0 lead till the break. After the breather, the Mahilpur team looked more dangerous and they tested the YFC custodian on number of occasions. However, it was only in the 75th minute that they managed to double the lead. And it was once again Bali who was in the thick of action and netted a brilliant goal to make it 2-0 for Mahilpur.
Barely two minutes have passed and the YFC defenders were yet to recover from the shock when Bali once again pounced upon the ball and headed the ball past the keeper to complete a brilliant hat-trick. YFC tried hard to reduce the margin but it was Mahilpur Club who reigned supreme in the end.
Meanwhile, in another match, District Football Association, Mohali defeated Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, 3-1, in a lop-sided encounter. Both the teams went all attacking right from the beginning and the high-octane match sprung into action in the 24th minute when Jashan curled the ball over the wall of Jalandhar defenders into the right corner of the goal to open the account for the Mohali team.