UAE Falcons (Red) got the better of Trupac (A) with a solitary goal from Nicholas to win the 14th Lusitanians Sports Club 11-a-side field hockey tournament.
Both teams played hard with constant attacks, but a short corner awarded to the Falcons in the 17th minute followed by a well-directed scoop from the German player was sufficient to hold their opponents at bay.
Trupac, however, did not give up and pressed forward, but good defensive work by the Falcons ensured that Trupac did not get the equaliser.
In addition to the cash prizes awarded to the finalists, UAE Falcons also took home the Vincent D’souza Memorial Trophy donated by Thomas D’souza.
The one-day event which saw 10 local teams vying for the trophy, was held on the state-of-the-art artificial hockey surface at Dubai Sports City on Friday.
Present at the event was former Pakistani international goalkeeper, Ejaz Kokhar; and Atif Malik – an A-Grade national hockey umpire in Pakistan – also assisted in officiating the games.
The event was sponsored by UAE Exchange, Co-sponsored by SMATS Group and supported by Freight Systems, Sharjah Airport Authorities and New Medical Center.
“It’s very satisfying to see good quality hockey and impressed to see UAE nationals also playing the game,” said Patrick Vaz.
In the first semifinal, UAE Falcons (Red) overcame Lacnor Hockey Team with the lone goal coming from centre-forward Muneeb.
In the other semifinal, Trupac (A) did well to get the better of the UAE Falcons (Green) with Waheed’s first-time strike off a good long pass from the right flank.
3rd Place – UAE Falcons (Green)
4th Place – Lacnor Hockey Team
Winner ‘Plate’ – Dubai Hockey Club (B) who defeated Dubai Republicans 3-0
Highest Scorer: Nicholas (UAE Falcons Green)
Player of the Tournament: Adil (Trupac-A)
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