A superb brace by Navneet Kaur helped Punjab to beat Madhya Pradesh hockey academy 3-0 in the ongoing Hockey India 5th sub junior national hockey championship (women) ‘A’ Division, being played in Ranchi, on Wednesday.
Unlike the previous matches, in which the Punjab eves defeated other teams by a huge margin, their match against Madhya Pradesh turned out to be tough one. High on confidence after their last win, Hockey Punjab looked to maintain their winning run in the tournament.
It was a nail-biting clash where Hockey Punjab opened the account through a field goal by a brilliant effort from Reet in the 17th minute.
Thereafter, Punjab skipper Navneet Kaur rose to the occasion and came up with a superb performance to leave a lasting impression on the match. She pierced the opposition team’s defence and struck in the 24th minute, helping the team to double its lead through a field goal.
Navneet was once again on the scoresheet, successfully converting a penalty corner in the 35th minute, to help extend the lead to 3-0. The Madhya Pradesh team tried hard to reduce the margin but their effort went in vain. They, however, continued to fight back.
After the break, the Madhya Pradesh defenders produced a brilliant performance and did not allow the Punjab forwards to score more goals. In the end, the Punjab team won 3-0.
Meanwhile, in another match, Hockey Maharashtra outshone Hockey Rajasthan 7-0. During the first ten minutes the teams were engaged in an entertaining duel as both the sides tred to take the lead.
Luck favoured Hockey Maharashtra when Rutuja Pisal took advantage of defensive error and scored a brilliant field goal in the 11th minute.
The team added another goal in the 25th minute as Rutuja Pisal smashed a field goal, taking the score to 2-0.
Continuing the momentum, Hockey Maharshtra scored through Radhika Wadkar in the 28th minute. The second half saw Hockey Maharashtra continuing with their goal spree as Pooja Borkar and Shradha Tiwari added one goal each in the 38th and 47th minutes. Hockey Maharashtra ended the game on a high as they added two more goals and won 7-0.
In the third match, Uttar Pradesh Hockey beat Bengal Hockey Association 4-0, in which Sonal Tiwari and Archana Bharadwaj both scored a brace each. In the first three quarters, both the teams were neck and neck but failed to make the most of the opportuities.
In the last ten minutes, Bengal players lost steam. UP kept on attacking and managed to get two back-to-back penalty corners, which were successfully converted by Sonal and Archana, respectively.