LAHORE  -   Master Paints and Remounts reached the semifinals of the inaugural MidCity President of Pakistan National Open Polo Championship after defeating their respective opponents in the quarterfinals here at Jinnah Polo Fields on Wednesday.

In the first quarterfinal of the day, Master Paints were up against favorite FG Polo and they played outstanding polo and outsmarted their opponents by 9-7. Marcos stole the show for Master Paints as he smashed in superb seven goals for the winning team while Martin Carlos thrashed in two goals. For FG Polo, Juan Ambroggio converted a hat-trick but later got injured and was replaced by Horacio Carlos, who contributed with a brace and Waqas Khan and Ramiro Zavaleta with a goal each.

Master Paints were off to a flying start as they hammered a hat-trick to gain 3-0 lead that was reduce to 3-1 with a goal by FG Polo, who then dominated the second chukker by thrashing in three back-to-back goals to take a slight 4-3 lead. Master Paints also played well and fired in four goals to have a healthy 7-4 lead while FG Polo bounced back with two goals – one in the third and the other in the fourth chukker - to reduce the deficit to 6-7. Master Paints added one more in their tally to finish the fourth chukker having 8-6 lead. One goal each was scored in the fifth and last chukker, with Master Paints winning the match by 9-7.

The day’s second quarterfinal proved a nail-biting one that was tied at 7-7 at the end of the fifth chukker and then was decided in the sudden death chukker, where hero Simon Prado fired in the match-winning goal to guide Remounts to a narrow 8-7 win over HN Polo. Simon Prado did hammered four fantabulous goals for the winning side while Nico Roberts hit a hat-trick and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi one goal. For HN Polo, Tito Ruiz Guinazo pumped in five goals and Saqib Khan Khakwani two.

HN Polo opened their account by converting a 40-yard penalty to take 1-0 lead which couldn’t last long as Remounts banged in a brace to gain 2-1 lead. The second chukker saw both the sides scoring one goal each with Remounts still enjoying a slight 3-2 lead. HN Polo played better polo in the third chukker by pumping in three goals against two by Remounts to draw the blood at 5-5. Remounts dominated the fourth chukker with two back-to-back goals to earn a 7-5 lead, but HN Polo made a strong comeback by banging in two back-to-back goals to level the score at 7-7. The match was then decided in the sudden death chukker where shinning star Simon Prado steered Remounts to a narrow 8-7 win with a match-winning goal.

Now Master Paints will compete against Newage Cables/Master Paints in the first semifinal and Remounts will vie against Diamond Paints in the second semifinal tomorrow (Friday).