Mizoram, Gujarat snatch last 8 spots in Jr Girls Nationals
Laxmi Mandavi grabbed a hattrick (32’, 43’, 77’) while Priyanka Kashyap (22’, 62’), Gunjan Gwal (21’) and Reet Kashyap (54’) also found the back of the net.
KOLHAPUR: The final round of fixtures in the group stages of the Hero Junior Girls’ National Football Championship came to a close on Thursday, with Gujarat and Mizoram becoming the last two teams to book their place in the quarterfinals.
In Group E, Chhattisgarh exited the tournament with three points in their account as they got the better of Pondicherry in the last Group E match. Laxmi Mandavi grabbed a hattrick (32’, 43’, 77’) while Priyanka Kashyap (22’, 62’), Gunjan Gwal (21’) and Reet Kashyap (54’) also found the back of the net.
In Group F, Gujarat entered the last eight after getting the desired result against Telangana in a thrilling encounter. The team headed into the match knowing that they had to win by three goals or more, having drawn 0-0 against Bihar, who sat on top with four points.
Alkaben Thakor and Aruna Chauhan scored in the 15th and 41st minutes for Gujarat as they went into the break two goals ahead. In the 62nd minute, the crucial goal came through Drishti Pant as Gujarat won 3-0 and went ahead of Bihar on goal difference.
In Group G hosts Maharashtra ended their campaign with a 3-1 win over Chandigarh.