Chennai, Sep 12: In a frenzy of scoring, Indian Overseas Bank overcame South Central Railway 6-3 in opening league fixture of the 88th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Thursday.
Leading the IOB’s goal-spree in the pool A match was Vinod Rayaer (39th, 49th) after former international Adam Sinclair (9th) and V Shanmugam (28th) opened the scoring. Shanmugam went on to add another to his tally with a 53rd minute strike after M.K. Mudappa (46th) scored.
For South Central Railway, A. Anmol Minz (10th), Manjeet Kullu (59th) and Suresh Toppo (63rd) scored, but could not shake off IOB’s dominance.
Later, Bharat Petroleum started their campaign in pool B with a 3-0 win over Steel Authority of India Ltd, Rourkela, with goals by Gurupreet Singh (4th, 34th) and Amar Aiyamma (52nd).