Wizards condemn Magicians to another defeat as semis hope dim
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After falling to a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Mumbai Magicians a few days ago, the UP Wizards settled the scores with a 2-0 win at Lucknow on Saturday. Despite the win, UP remain fourth with 22 points from nine matches while Mumbai are still the bottom placed side with 14 points from 10 matches.
The win though, strengthens the semifinal chances of UP. Under pressure, Mumbai's Glenn Simpson made a poor clearance, which was collected by Pardeep Mor at the top of the circle. Mor found the top corner for his first goal of the tournament as UP went 1-0 up in the ninth minute. Despite several chances to both sides, the score remained the same until the 58th minute when UP put the game to bed. A series of poor clearances later, the ball fell to Siddharth Shankar, who smashed it low to the left of Sreejesh putting the hosts 2-0 ahead. And though Mumbai got a couple of penalty corners late on, they were unable to convert. Drag flicks by Sandeep Singh and Joel Carrolldrag were saved by George Bazely as UP held on.
RANCHI: Goal keeper Jaap Stockman helped Punjab Warriors nick a 1-1 draw away against the Ranchi Rhinos. After Malak Singh put the visitors ahead, Mandeep Singh scored a superb diving goal to bring the hosts back in the game. Punjab had Stockmann to thank for the result, with the Dutchman making at least 10 saves in the match.
Malak Singh eventually put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute. Despite a couple of penalty corners for Punjab, Ranchi held firm. The visitors were not to be denied though, as Malak Singh scored in the 14th minute from Robert Hammond's long pass. With Punjab trying to defend the lead, Ranchi took full advantage and the equaliser arrived in the 33rd minute. Nick Wilson did the spade work during a counter attack before feeding Mandeep Singh, who scored. The attack came in waves and Stockmann saved off Wilson, Mauris Fuertse and Dwyer as the visitors clung on.