Maharashtra pipped by unbeaten Delhi boys

SPORTS REPORTER
Thursday, 21 February 2019

Runners-up Haryana qualified for the knock-outs on a day when Maharashtra went down narrowly to Delhi and Punjab were done in by a late Chandigarh equaliser on Day 4 of the 9th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2019 (Div ‘A’) at the Sports Authority of India, Western Training Centre, Aurangabad on Wednesday.

Pune: Runners-up Haryana qualified for the knock-outs on a day when Maharashtra went down narrowly to Delhi and Punjab were done in by a late Chandigarh equaliser on Day 4 of the 9th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2019 (Div ‘A’) at the Sports Authority of India, Western Training Centre, Aurangabad on Wednesday.

In the other results of the day, Tamil Nadu and Manipur won their matches against Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and Jharkhand to remain in reckoning for a place in the next round, while Gangpur-Odisha were held by Uttar Pradesh in another dramatic closing-minute equaliser. 
 
SAI score first win
In a Pool-D game, Sports Authority of India (SAI) notched their first win with a 2-1 victory over Bihar. A goal in either half, Manish Yadav (7th) and Dilip Pal (44th) handed Bihar the defeat. Bihar reducted the margin through a penalty stroke conversion by Sajan (54th).  SAI joined Odisha as pool leaders with 4 points.

Delhi take command
In Pool-C, Delhi handed hosts Maharashtra their third loss winning 1-0. A first-half penalty corner conversion by Prashant (22rd) turned out to be the decider, which took Delhi (7 points) to the top of the pool. Maharashtra remain at the bottom and are yet to earn their first point.

Later, Uttar Pradesh helped by Sahabaz Khan (59th) penalty-corner conversion held Gangpur-Odisha 2-2. Uttar Pradesh Hockey went ahead through Uttam Singh (8th), before Tete Albret (24th) and Sudeep Chirmako (44th) levelled scores for Gangpur-Odisha.

The draw took both teams tally to 5 points each, with Uttar Pradesh claiming second spot on goal-difference (6:1). 

Haryana, Manipur win
Pool-B gave the championship their first qualifier in Haryana (9 points), who completed a hat-trick of wins with a comeback against a resistant Madhya Pradesh (MPHA) 2-1.

Sharing honours in the first half, Rimanshu (42nd) and Pankaj (53nd) scored off penalty corners in the third and fourth quarter to settle the issue. MPHA led early through Mohd, Alishan (8th). MPHA (3 points) thus lost their second match.

Meanwhile Manipur beat Jharkhand 5-0. Three goals off penalty-corners by Rabichandra Moirangthem (34th) and two by Ricky Tonjam (39th & 44th) helped Mahipur race to a 4-0 advantage after Rabichandra (27th) opened. Rohit Irengbam (48th) completed the tally. 

Manipur (6 points) with their second win- in-a- row occupy second place in the pool and Jharkhand (3 point) suffered their second loss-in-a-row.

Chandigarh struggle
Chandigarh and Tamil Nadu and (7 points) remained unbeaten to occupy one-two positions separated on a goal-difference (8:4), Hockey Punjab (4 points), Hockey Himachal (1 point) and SSCB.
  
Tamil Nadu were back to winning ways logging a 4-1 verdict against Services Sports Control Board. Trailing by an early SSCB goal scored by Manjeet (8th), Tamil Nadu scored four goals five minutes to take the game. 

M Senthil Kumar (29th) made it 1-1, K Tiras (30th & 32nd) scored in either half and S Karthi (33rd) completed the match. So far Karthi (6 goals) has the distinction of scoring in each match and remains top-scorer.

RESULTS:
Pool-A: Punjab: 2 (Jaspreet Singh 5th; Sudarshan Singh 54th) drew with Chandigarh: 2 (Arshdeep Singh 21st, Hashim 59th). HT: 1-1
Pool-A: Tamil Nadu: 4 (M. Senthil Kumar 29th; K Tiras 30th, 32nd; S Karthi 33rd) b Services Sports Control Board (SSCB): 1 (Manjeet 8th). HT: 2-1
Pool-B: Haryana: 2 (Rimanshu 42nd; Pankaj 53nd) v Madhya Pradesh: 1 (Md. Alishan 8th). HT: 0-0.
Pool-B: Manipur: (Rabichandra Moirangthem 27th, 34th; Ricky Tonjam 39th, 44th; Rohit Irengbam 48th) b Jharkhand: 0. HT: 1-0
Pool-C: Gangpur-Odisha: 2 (Tete Albret 24th; Sudeep Chirmako 44th) v Uttar Pradesh: 2 (Uttam Singh 8th; Sahabaz Khan 59th). HT: 1-1
Pool-C: Delhi: 1 (Prashant 22nd) b Maharashtra: 0. HT: 1-0.
Pool-D: Sports Authority of India:  2 (Manish Yadav 7th, Dilip Pal 44th) b Bihar: 1 (Sajan 54th) . HT: 1-0

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