The ATN Bangla Gold Cup National Hockey promises an exciting final today after national star-studded Bangladesh Navy and Faridpur won their respective semifinals at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
In the first semifinal, Bangladesh Navy beat Bangladesh Army by 5-3 goals with national forward Moinul Islam Koushik slamming a hat-trick for the winners. Koushik put Bangladesh Navy ahead in the very first minute, doubled the margin in the 8th minute and completed his feat in the next minute. Sitting on a three-goal cushion the sailors showed some signs of relaxation as Army sneaked in and fought back with two goals from Rokonuzzaman Shohag amd Shuvo Kumar Ghosh. However, national forward Krishna Kumar’s 55th minute strike regained Navy’s upper hand in the before Russell Mahmud Jimmy sealed the fate of the game in the 57th minute. Milon Hossain was only able to reduce the margin for Army in the 58th minute.
In the second semi, former national forward Maksud Alam Habul put Dhaka ahead with a superb flick in the 12th minute but Pushkor Khisha Mimo and Musa Miah’s late strikes saw Faridpur get the ticket of final.