ABDUL JABBAR FAISAL ISLAMABAD Pakistan Army and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) qualified for the final of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Gold Cup Hockey Tournament after beating WAPDA 3-1 and PTV 5-0 in the semi-finals respectively, here at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex on Friday. The final will be played today at the same venue. In the first semi-final, Pakistan Army outplayed WAPDA 3-1 to reach the final of the prestigious national hockey showpiece. Both the teams started the match with pace to earn early leads in the crucial match. However, the forwards of WAPDA missed a couple of open net chances during the first part of the match. Rizwan Junior led Pakistan Army in the 30th minute of the match when he dodged a couple of defenders to gain an opportunity to score a goal. At half way, Army were leading 1-0 after wasting two penalty corners in the first half, while the losing team was awarded a solitary penalty corner that did not be prove fruitful. In the second half, team WAPDA was looking under pressure, as they were not passing the ball properly. Army doubled the lead in the 49th minute of the match through Rizwan Junior, who scored in a stylish fashion. Kashif Khan scored the third goal for Pakistan Army in the 51st minute of the first semi-final. Foreseeing defeat after going down 0-3, WAPDA began to play an open game. In the 53rd minute of the match, skipper Muddassir Ali Khan scored the only goal for WAPDA. Army men were leading 3-1 after the completion of 70 minutes. Meanwhile, NBP outclassed Pakistan Television (PTV) with a margin of 5-0. Experienced NBP players were at their peak to stun the lowly ranked national hockey team, as NBP started the game with high pace. They put pressure on the rivals by scoring the first goal in the second minute of the match through Yasir Shabbir. After 10 minutes, Yasir doubled the lead by netting the ball second time in a row in the first half of the match. Muhammad Atif scored the third goal for NBP in the 35th minute of the match on penalty corner, as his push too powerful to be defended. At lemon break, NBP were leading 3-0. They maintained their scoring pace when the former captain of the Pakistan hockey team Nadeem ND scored the 4th goal for NBP in the 48th minute, while Naeem Akbar scored the 5th goal in the 51st minute. NBP also wasted half a dozen penalty corners.