Railways storm into semis with 7-0 rout of UP

Sonepat: Star studded Railways stormed into the semi-finals of the first Hockey India Senior National Women Championship, routing Uttar Pradesh 7-0 at the Motilal Nehru Sports School.

India internationals Jasjeet Kaur Handa (14th minute, 28th, 44th) scored three goals while skipper Saba Anjum (11th penalty corner, 17th) and Deepika Thakur (7th and 56th) accounted for two each to round off the tally for Railways.

Railways were joined in the last four stage by Punjab, Orissa and Haryana, who overcame stiff resistance from Karnataka, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs respectively in their quarter-final encounters.

In another quarter-final, Punjab came from behind to beat Karnataka 2-1 in a pulsating encounter.

After a goalless first half, Kulsumbi DC put Karnataka ahead converting a penalty corner in the 52nd minute.

But Punjab equalised seven minutes later through defender Harmanjeet Kaur and then Thokchom Anuradha Devi scored the winner four minutes from the hooter.

Orissa also struggled to beat neighbours Jharkhand by a solitary 50th minute goal scored by Nolo Lilima.

In the final last eight match of the day, hosts Haryana were subjected to anxious moments before they edged past Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs 5-4 in the tie breaker after the two teams were locked 1-1 at the regulation time.

Navjot put Haryana ahead at the stroke of half time with a firmly driven penalty corner past goalkeeper Etimarpu Rajani.

However Pinky Devi Thokchom found the equaliser for Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare in the 59th minute from another penalty corner.

In the tie breaker that followed Meenakshi, Jaspreet, Surinder Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur scored for Haryana while Raina Yadav, Ranjeeta Sanasam and Rijuta Mullick found the mark for the losers.

In the semi-finals to be played on Saturday after a rest day tomorrow, Punjab will play Railways while Orissa will be up against Haryana.


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