Former champions Dhaka Abahani Limited halted Club Cup champions Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club’s all-win run beating them by 4-3 goals in a keenly contested super league match of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey here on Thursday.
Dhaka Mariner Youngs’ Club needed just a draw in the day’s match to clinch their 2nd league crown with a match to spare against Dhaka Mohammedan SC on November 27, but they failed to give their best in the match held at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
With the day’s shocking defeat, Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club not only conceded the first defeat in the league after winning the 13 consecutive matches, but also forced to halt their party to celebrate the league crown after winning the season’s curtain raiser meet Club Cup Hockey title.
By virtue of the day’s merited victory, Abahani topped the league table jointly with Mariner Youngs Club securing 39 points from all the 15 matches, against Mariner Youngs 14 matches.
In the day’s nerve shattering match, Dutch player Bjom Kellerman struck put Abahani ahead in the very 7th minute from a penalty stroke (1-0) while Sohanur Rahman scored twice from penalty corners in the 14th and 17th minutes to put Mariner ahead from behind (2-1).
Bjom leveled the margin for Abahani in the 26th minute from a penalty corner (2-2) while Shonaur Rahman again put Mariners ahead in the 28th minute from penalty corner (3-2).
Khorshdur Rahman scored two quick goals in a span of a few seconds in the last minute of the match, both from penalty corners guiding Abahani to a dream victory.