From Sorts Correspondent
LAHORE: FG Polo team registered a narrow 5-4 victory over PBG/Remounts in the Lahore Open Polo Championship here at Lahore Polo Club ground yesterday.
Eulogio Celestino and Shah Shamyl Alam banged in a brace each in FG team’s triumph while Abbas Mukhtar contributed one. From the losing side, Lt-Col Rab Nawaz Tiwana struck two goals while Capt M Humair Ghazi and Nicholas Maria Ruiz converted one goal apiece.
PBG/Remounts started the match well by firing in a field goal through Capt Humair to take 1-0 lead. No further goal was scored in the first chukker while the second chukker also saw the only goal coming from Lt-Col Rab Nawaz to give PBG/Remounts 2-0 lead. Despite a number of attacks from both the sides, no more goal was scored as the chukker ended with PBG/Remounts enjoying 2-0 lead. The highly-charged third chukker saw dominance of FG Polo team, who hammered a hat-trick – two by Eulogio Celestino and one by Shah Shamyl – to take 3-2 lesd but one goal was also converted by Lt Col Rab Nawaz to equalize the score at 3-3. The fourth and decisive chukker proves to be a nail-biting one as first FG Polo team slammed in a field goal through Abbas Mukhtar to take 4-3 lead which couldn’t last long as Nicholas Maria Ruiz converted a 30-yard penalty to square the things at 4-4.