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Jharkhand storms into semis of 12th HI junior women championship

Ranchi: Hockey Jharkhand defeated Uttar Pradesh by 4-0 in their quarter-final match in the 12th Hockey India junior women championship 2022 in Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and cemented their berth in the semi-final for the 10th time in trot.

Deepika Soreng (13′), Rajni Kerketta (18′), Pramodni Lakra (56′) and Elin Dungdung (60′) scored one goal each to hand comfortable victory for their team. Jharkhand will take on Maharashtra on April 2 for the semi-final clash.

In other quarter final matches, Haryana, Maharashtra and Odisha clinched their games to enter the semi-final.

In the first quarter-final of the day, Haryana defeated Karnataka by 6-2. Sakshi Rana (20′, 42′) scored a brace, while Pinki (37′), Neelam (43′), Ishika (51′) and Disha (54′) scored one goal each for Haryana. Meanwhile, Seema Anandrao Pawar (33′) and  Jeevitha BG (60′) scored one goal each for Karnataka.

Maharashtra booked their slot in the semi-final after defeating Hockey Punjab 4-2. Shivani Sahu (18′, 34′) scored a brace, while Oshin Bansod (13′) and Captain Himanshi Gawande (49′) scored the other goals for Hockey Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Sweena Rani (41′) and Sukhpreet Kaur (47′) found the back of the net for Punjab.

In the last match of the day, Odisha defeated Chandigarh 2-1 via penalty shootout after the teams were locked at 0-0 at the end of regular time. Jyoti Chhatri and Munmuni Das scored for Odisha during the shootout whereas Namsi Jarika was the star with 4 saves. Meanwhile, Gurmail Kaur scored the only goal for Hockey Chandigarh in the shootout.