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Central Railway Mumbai Division (CRMD) carved out a deserving 4-2 win against Abhi Foundation in a Senior Division match of the Mumbai Hockey Association Limited (MHAL) League at the MHA Mahindra Stadium, Churchgate on Tuesday. Midfielder Prakash Ghumre played a stellar role in CRMD's victory. He sounded the boards twice, once in each half, and played an instrumental role for the other two goals scored by Samir Coutinho.
The experienced CRMD outfit asserted their dominance over their younger opponents and opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Following a move down the middle, Ghumre with a measured forward hit found Coutinho inside the rival circle and the latter made no mistake in deflecting the ball past Abhi goalkeeper Sumit Dalandare. Four minutes later, Ghumre doubled the lead with a crisp angular reverse crack from the edge of the striking circle.
A couple of minutes later, Ghumre was once again in the thick of action. He cut into the semi-circle from the right, drew out the goalkeeper and fired a reverse hit, which struck the body of a defender on the goal-line. Umpire Raikar promptly awarded a penalty stroke, which was converted by Coutinho to give CRMD a 3-0 cushion at the breather.
Abhi Foundation tried to get back into the match and made a couple of sorties into the rival territory. Their efforts bore fruits in the second session as they converted two quick penalty corners to reduce the deficit to 2-3. In the 41st minute, Pranav Mane hit the target from an indirect maneuver and five minutes later skipper Rohan Mhatre scored with a direct hit.
However, Ghumre dashed Abhi's fightback by striking another goal, his second of the match, to stretch the lead to 4-2. That goal knocked the fight out of the Abhi outfit and they had to end up on the losing side.