Shweta converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute to help Chandigarh Olympic Association edge past Hockey Uttarakhand 2-1 and win bronze on the concluding day of the 5th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship (Division B) held at Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.
In the match for the third place, both the teams scrambled to take the lead in the first 30 minutes. It was finally in the 31st minute when the Uttrakhand team managed to draw the first blood through Parameshwari, who scored a fine field goal to put the team ahead.
Stung by the goal, the Chandigarh team retaliated and soon found the equalising goal. Shweta, who had an impressive outing, converted a penalty corner in the 33rd minute to help the team drawlevel with Uttrakhand.
The Chandigarh team piled pressure on the Uttrakhand defenders and looked to find the winning goal.
They did not have to wait for long as Shweta emerged as the star of the day for Chandigarh with her second goal for the team.
Shweta once again successfully converted a penalty corner to put Chandigarh 2-1 ahead. The team held on to the lead to secure the third place.
Meanwhile, Hockey Patiala lost to Hockey Gangpur-Odisha 1-2 to finish as the runners-up. Both the teams went all attacking from the start and it was Hockey Gangpur –Odisha who took the lead in the seventh minute. Rinki Kujur converted a penalty corner to provide the breakthrough to the team.
Both the teams made rigorous attempts to find the back of the net. Hockey GangpurOdisha doubled their lead when Janhabi Pradhan struck in the 23rd minute and scored a wonderful field goal.
Hockey Patiala players, who missed out on some sitters, finally managed to reduce the margin when Lovedeep Kaur scored from a penalty corner in the 33rd minute to give the team a moment of relief.
The first half ended with Hockey Gangpur-Odisha leading 2-1. The second half witnessed an intense clash between the teams as they looked to clinch the title. However, there were no further goals in the second half and the match went in the favour of the Hockey GangpurOdisha team.