Mumbai: Mandeep Mor and Kuldeep scored two goals apiece as Haryana sent host Maharashtra crashing out of men’s hockey Under-21 category in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 by winning the final league face-off at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here on Friday.
Also moving into the semi-finals was Odisha who defeated Jharkhand 2-1 and joined Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in the last four stage.
In Sunday’s semi-finals, Punjab will take on Haryana before Uttar Pradesh and Odisha clash in the day’s second game. Interestingly, the same four teams are also in the semis of the U-17 men’s competition as well.
Haryana devastated hosts Maharashtra with an emphatic 6-1 win to finish the pool stage with six points from three matches.
Goals for the visitors came from skipper Mandeep Mor (3rd, 10th minute), Kuldeep (6th, 55th), Mohit (59th) and Deepak (60th) while Maharashtra’s consolation strike was scored by Rohan Patil in the 36th minute.
In the other Pool B match, Odisha maintained their clean record with a 2-1 win over Jharkhand that helped them top the pool with nine points.
A brace from Shilanand Lakra in the 9th and 35th minutes saw Odisha grab the initiative and even though Jharkhand sought to make it a contest with Ashim Tirkey’s 39th minute goal, Odisha were in no mood to relinquish their command over proceedings.
On Saturday, Punjab play Odisha in the first of the Under-17 men’s semi-finals, followed by the Uttar Pradesh versus Haryana clash.
Men’s Under-21: Haryana 6 (Mandeep Mor 3rd, 10th, Kuldeep 6th, 55th, Mohit 59th, Deepak 60th) bt Maharashtra 1 (Rohan Patil 36th); Odisha 2 (Shilanand Lakra 9th, 35th) bt Jharkhand 1 (Ashim Tirkey 39th).