Hockey Haryana overcame a spirited Hockey Gangpur Odisha side and registered a hard-fought 2-0 win to enter the semi-finals of the 5th Hockey India sub-junior women national championship being held at Ranchi.
Looking to secure a place in the semi-finals, both the teams went all attacking from the start. However, it was the Haryana team who enjoyed a superb start and soon took the lead in the sixth minute.
They were awarded a penalty in the sixth minute which was successfully converted by skipper Jyoti.
High on confidence after taking the lead, the Haryana side continued to pile pressure on the Gangpur-Odisha team.
Despite numerous attempts, they failed to double the lead as the Hockey Gangpur Odisha defenders produced a solid performance and were almost impenetrable.
After the break, both the teams looked forward to consolidate their position in the match. While the Haryana team tried to double their lead, the Hockey Gangpur Odisha team made attempts to reduce the margin and score the equalising goal.
However, luck favoured the Haryana team as they managed to break the opposition team’s defense and smashed a superb field goal in the 53rd minute. In the end, the Haryana team won 2-0.
In another match, Hockey Andhra Pradesh produced a clinical performance to beat Chhattisgarh Hockey 4-1. Hockey Andhra Pradesh made constant forays into the rival area and their star player, Maheswari Balagonda, opened the account in the 11th minute. However, their joy was shortlived as Chhattisgarh Hockey’s Anjali Mahto perfectly placed the ball into the net and scored a superb leveller in the 16th minute.
Maheswari Balagonda then struck a brace in the 25th and 31st minutes to take the score to 3-1 before the break. The second half of the game saw Andhra Pradesh add another goal to their tally through Varalakshmi Uippili, who struck a field goal in the 40th minute.
Unable to add any further goals to their account, Chhattisgarh Hockey lost 1-4.
In the third match, Hockey Odisha outplayed Delhi Hockey 4-0 as they ride on Elima Minz’s spectacular hat-trick.
Hockey Odisha dominated the match from the first minute as Elima opened the account in the 25th minute.
Elima once again led from the front and scored two more goals in 43rd and 44thminutes, taking the score to 3-0. In the 60th minute, Ashim Kanchan extended the lead when she scored the fourth goal.