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Clifton Robinsons O40s - Champions 2018

Clifton Robinsons O40s - Champions 2018

Men’s Over 40 Tier 1 Final 
 
Indian Gymkhana (0) 2
Clifton Robinsons (0) 4
 
This final had it all! The first chance fell to Indian Gymkhana who were awarded a penalty stroke, Ranjeev Deol stepped up to the spot but hit the post. 
 
Clifton moved the ball well round the pitch as they built the press on Gymkhana’s defence, who stayed strong. Gymkhana were quick on the counter attack with Deol dancing round the Clifton defence, Gymkhana began to find their flow with captain Paramdeep Eari drag flick superbly saved by the keeper, Pickford. 
 
A penalty stroke was awarded to Clifton Robinsons, Paul Underhill stepping up but Harrington saved with his left glove deny them to break the deadlock ten minutes before half time. 
 
Heads did not drop as both took their opportunities on the counter attack but neither side could find the back of the net, 0-0 at half time. 
 
Second half saw Indian Gymkhana took the lead, a messy goal saw the ball trickle over the line, scorer captain Eari. After some build up pressure from Clifton they were awarded a third penalty corner, where Phillip King found himself in prime position by the near post to tap in the ball to give the equaliser. 
 
Indian Gym got their second with 20 minutes left on the clock, Rajinder Bansal tapping home a deflection to regain the lead. 
 
With ten minutes left on the clock a superb through ball to the near post for Alistair Bennet to tap the ball under the keeper to claim the equaliser. 
 
Just seven minutes left Clifton took the lead, Phillip King getting his second tapping the ball through his legs to beat the keeper as the Clifton crowd roared! King secured his hatrick and a fourth for the Clifton side to cement their win, full time score 4-2. 
 
Captain of Clifton Robinsons Duncan Long said; ‘We have loved today! It was very tense, two missed flicks then it had everything in the second half. We just kept going and the team spirit pulled us through. It's a great day, a little too hot for hockey!'