FC Polo Team clinched the Gobi’s Paints Polo Cup after beating Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steel by 9-7 in the main final played at the JP&CC-Jinnah Polo and Country Club ground.
Hav Shahzad Ahmad was in sublime form as he kept on scoring for Team FC Polo and emerged as top scorer with a classic contribution of superb seven goals. He was ably assisted by Hav Zia Ur Rehman and N Sub Israr Wali, who slammed in one goal each.
The losing side also displayed quality polo and fought well till the end but could not win the final because of a huge lead of FC Polo Team, who won the final 9-7. For Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steel, Omer Minhas hammered a hat-trick while Usman Anwar Aziz and Mir Huzaifa Ahmad banged in a brace each.
FC Polo Team dominated the final from the very beginning as they converted three back-to-back goal’s to take 3-0 lead in the first chukker. Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steel bounced back in the second chukker by slamming in three goals against one by FC Polo, who were still enjoying 4-3 lead by the end of the second chukker.
FC Polo Team then made a tremendous comeback by cracking a classic quartet against one by Diamond Paints to take a healthy 8-4 lead. Diamond Paints though tried hard in the fourth and final chukker and succeeded in converting three goals against one by FC Polo.
Saleem Baboo and Omar Asjad Malhi supervised the match as field umpires.
Earlier in the subsidiary final, 4 Corps outpaced Mixed Bag by 7-3. Muhammad Ali emerged as top scorer from the winning side with fabulous five goals while Saleem Baboo and Shoukat Ali Malik converted one goal. From the losing side, which had one goal handicap advantage, Sufi Muhammad Haroon and Omar Asjad Malhi struck one goal apiece.
Gobi’s Paints Director Mrs. Amna Omar was the chief guest and distributed trophies among the winners.