UP Wizards defeated table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors in Hockey India League at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium at Lucknow today. It was a dominating performance by UP Wizards after they lost their previous match yesterday against Ranchi Rays.
In the first quarter, UP Wizard started off to a great start in the 6th minute when a save was done by Jaypee Punjab goalkeeper. Again in the 7th minute, another save was made by Jaap Stockman. After that in the next minute UP Wizards earned a penalty corner and drag-flick specialist VR Ragunath converted the penalty corner into a goal to give UP Wizards a 1-0 lead.
Soon after in the 9th minute, Bob de Vood gave a pass to Ramandeep, he hit a powerful shot into the goal giving a 2-0 lead to UP Wizards. At the end of the first quarter, it was 2-0 in favor of UP Wizards.
In the second quarter, UP Wizards again began off to a great start. In the 1st minute itself when Jaap Stockman made an excellent save. In the 3rd minute UP Wizards was awarded a penalty corner, but was well saved by Jaap Stockaman again. In the 11th minute, Jaypee Punjab Warriors earned their first penalty corner but was well saved by Sreejesh.
The attack of Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued when Jamie Dwyer missed a chance in the circle. In the 13th minute, UP Wizards Tushar Khandkar tried to hit a goal but was well stopped by Jaap Stockman. In the dying minutes of the 2nd Quarter, Punjab Warriors earned a penalty corner but did not convert the chances into a goal. At the end of 2nd quarter, it was 2-0 in favor of UP Wizards.
The third quarter began off to a positive start for UP Wizards again when they tried another shot on the goal but was well saved by Jaap Stockman. After that in the 5th minute, Jaypee Punjab Warriors earned another penalty corner but was well saved by Sreejesh. In the 8th minute, UP Wizards earned a penalty corner but was well saved by Jaap Stockman.
In the next minute itself UP Wizards missed another chance Nikhil Thimyaa hit the shot wide. In the 12th minute, UP Wizards missed another chance. In the 13th minute, Jaypee Punjab Warriors earned another penalty corner but was not well trapped by drag-flicker. In the dying minutes of third quarter Sreejesh made an excellent save when a striker hit a reverse flick.
In the fourth quarter, in the 1st minute UP Wizards tried a shot on goal but was well saved by Jaap Stockman. In the 5th minute Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a excellent attempt on goal but Sreejesh was up to the task.
In the 7th minute, Jamie Dwyer scooped the ball and another player storked into the goal, but UP Wizards asked for a review, the umpire said that the ball was not dangerous and the goal stands. The goal reduced the gap to 2-1. In the dying minutes Jaypee Punjab Warriors attempted a shot on the goal but it deflected off the goal post. At the end of the fourth quarter it was 2-1 in favor of UP Wizards.
By winning this match UP Wizards earned 5 vital points to jump up to 19 points and second in the points table. Jaypee Punjab Warriors lost their first match of the Hockey India League 3.