Odisha beats Haryana to clinch U-21 gold

Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Mumbai: Odisha thwarted Haryana from completing a hockey double as they beat them 4-2 in the Boys Under-21 hockey final of the Khelo India Youth Games in a penalty-shootout at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. Punjab edged Uttar Pradesh also in penalties for bronze.

On Monday, Haryana had beaten Punjab for the Boys Under-17 gold medal.

In a pulsating Under-21 final, Odisha and Haryana were evenly matched and put two goals each past the other in open play, but could not decide the issue, for which penalties were needed.

Mumbai: Odisha thwarted Haryana from completing a hockey double as they beat them 4-2 in the Boys Under-21 hockey final of the Khelo India Youth Games in a penalty-shootout at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. Punjab edged Uttar Pradesh also in penalties for bronze.

On Monday, Haryana had beaten Punjab for the Boys Under-17 gold medal.

In a pulsating Under-21 final, Odisha and Haryana were evenly matched and put two goals each past the other in open play, but could not decide the issue, for which penalties were needed.

Odisha in fact led 2-0 with goals from Dipsan Tirkey and Ashis Topno, Haryana hit back through a brace from skipper Mandeep Mor (29th, 57th), his second goal in fact setting up the tie-breaker. In the shootout, Ashis Topno, Gregory Xess, Shilanand Lakra and Dipsan Tirkey converted for Odisha while only Kuldeep and Yashdeep Siwach could score for Haryana.

In the bronze medal match, Punjab also needed the shootout to complete a 2-0 win over Uttar Pradesh after the two teams were tied 1-1 in full time.

Uttar Pradesh’s Samarth Prajapati gave his team the lead in the 12th minute, but Punjab’s Arvinder Singh scored in the 19th minute to restore parity. In the penalty shootout, it was Punjab’s Mehkeet Singh and Karanbir Singh who converted for their team, while Uttar Pradesh missed all their five attempts.

Jharkhand slam 11 goals
In the women’s Under-17 competition, Jharkhand beat Delhi 11-0 in Pool A thanks to hattricks by Beauty Dung Dung (9th, 26th, 28th minutes) and Poonam Mundu (34th, 42nd, 45th).

Meanwhile Punjab got the better of Chandigarh by a 4-3 margin helped by a Sneha Sabharwal hat-trick who scored in the 19th, 35th and 42nd minutes besides Mitali, who opened the scoring in the third minute itself. For Chandigarh, Kavita and Dhapa Devi scored.

Results:
Men Under-21: Final: Odisha 2 (Dipsan Tirkey 11th, Ashis Topno 23rd) bt Haryana 2 (Mandeep Mor 29th, 57th).  Tie-break: 4 (Ashis Topno, Gregory Xess, Shilan Lakra, Dipsan Tirkey )-2 (Kuldeep, Yashdeep Siwach).
Third place play-off: Punjab 1 (Arvinder Singh 19th) bt Uttar Pradesh 1 (Samarth Prajapati 12th). Tie-break 2(Mehkeet Singh, Karanbir Singh)-0.
Women Under-21: Pool A: Odisha 1 (Dipti Lakra 14th) drew Mizoram 1(VL Hmangaihsangi 28th); Maharashatra drew Jharkhand 0-0.
Women Under-17:
Pool A: Jharkhand 11 (Beauty Dung Dung 9th, 26th, 28th, Poonam Mundu 34th, 42nd, 45th, Pramodni Lakra 12th, Rajni Kerketta 18th, Dipti Kullu 41st, Sanjana Horo 49th, Prini Kandir 55th) bt Delhi 0; Punjab 4 (Sneha Sabharwal 19th, 35th, 42nd, Mitali 3rd) bt Chandigarh 3 (Kavita 13th, 30th, Dhapa Devi 51st).
Pool B: Mizoram 5 (Lalthantluangi 23rd, 36th, 58th, Vanlalhriatpuii 30th, Lalruatfeli Jr 55th) bt Maharashtra 1 (Rutuja Pisal 51st), Haryana 3 (Komal Rohilla 11th, Deepika 31st, Neelam 47th) bt Odisha 2 (Neha Lakra 21st, Nimabati S 49th).

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