Young Goans lift BMMI trophy
Young Goans Club/ Gulf Cellar beat Public Security 2-1
in a thrilling final to win the BMMI hockey tournament
organised by the Bahrain Hockey Association played at
the Bahrain Rugby Ground.
The game was exciting with Security making the first
raid at the YGC goal in the fifth minute, Humayun
Akhtar sending in a through ball for Sami Ejaz whose
first time hit narrowly missed the post.
YGC made two counter attacks by Allwyn and Casius only
to be foiled inside the circle by the Security
defence. The game progressed at a very fast pace, it
was YGC/ Gulf Cellar who went into the lead by the
creative Casius Pereira. Receiving the ball from
Anthony on the 25-yard line Cassius darted inside the
circle beating Mohammed Jameel, Raja Qamar and drawing
the keeper out sounded the board.
Two minutes later YGC could have extended their lead
but there was a mix up between Anthony and Cassius and
neither player tapped the ball into the empty net, it
was well cleared to safety by the Security defence.
In the 18th minute Mohammed Shakeel of Security sent
in a free hit to the opportunistic Sami Ejaz whose
first time shot deflected the stick of the YGC defence
and flew into the net to draw level.
It was Security who then dominated for the next 12
minutes with Humayun, Sami and Shakeel making
dangerous inroads. but Hilary Albuquerque and Victor
Dsouza of YGC who stood out well thwarted and
intercepted their every move. With two minutes to go
for half-time a rasping shot was taken by Victor on
the shin and the resulting penalty corner hit from
Humayun Akhtar narrowly missed the goal.
The second half was once again a see-saw battle with
both defences standing out. A good run from Franklyn
down the flank set up Cassius Pereira for a sitter
with only the Security keeper to beat, but Pererira
muffed it. Security wasted two clear chances to go
ahead with Mohammed Shakeel hitting wide and Sami Ejaz
Martin of YGC intercepting and cleared the ball to
Anthony just inside their own half, who scooped ahead
for Allwyn who weaved his way into the circle, but
With five minutes to go it was Mohammed Shakeel who
missed a golden opportunity to give Security the lead
when he pounced on a miscleared ball inside the circle
but fumbled by mis-hitting.
As the game ended in a draw it was YGC that triumphed
in the tie breaker beating Public Security 2-1.
Excellent stopping by the YGC keeper Edward helped
YGC/ Gulf Cellar lift the BMMI trophy.
The scorers for YGC/ Gulf Cellar were Ajit and Anthony
while Kenneth, Hilary and Allwyn drew blank.
The scorer for Public Security was Arshad while Anis,
Sami, Humayun and Shakeel did not find the net. Awali/
African & Eastern were third placed.
The prizes was distributed by BMMI senior sales
executive Amparo Fernandes, an ex -hockey player and a
staunch supporter who praised the standard of the game
and the sporting spirit of both teams.
Bahrain Hockey Association president Richard Mathias
thanked all the teams, the honorary referees, BMMI,
the press and the Bahrain Rugby Club.
The day ended with the hockey players and spectators
cheering the Bahrain Rugby Club for the use of their