Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau/IANS
Bhubaneswar, Mar 20:
Hockey Odisha sailed into the semi-final of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women’s National Championship 2014 (Division-A) after they trounced Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd by 4-0 goals in a Pool-D match at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground at Mysore this afternoon.
Odisha scored two goals in the first half. While Elima Minz opened the account in the 26thminute, Sarojini Ekka scored the second goal in the 34th minute.
In the second half, Domnica Kujur and Sarojini Ekka scored two brilliant field goals in the 45thand 63rd minute.
The state team would meet Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, which registered its third consecutive win today beating Bhopal 4-0 in the Pool B match to book its date with Odisha in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Rakhi Prajapati damaged Bhopal’s confidence (9th) by successfully piercing in a field goal. Madhya Pradesh increased the lead to 3-0 by halftime via captain Priyanka Wankhede (20th) and Suman Devi T.H. (21st).
The second half saw a better fight from Bhopal, but Preeti Dubey sealed the match for Madhya Pradesh by sneaking in the fourth goal a minute before the hooter.
Haryana and Jharkhand will clash against each other in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, in an inconsequential match, Punjab delivered a flawless performance to beat Bihar 8-0 in Pool D. Punjab pushed Bihar on their back foot as they sliced in seven goals in the first half, starting from the second minute.
Captain Rajbir Kaur banked in three goals in the first half. Ruchi Batta struck the first blow and Punjab immediately followed it by another from Sandeep Kaur (fourth minute). They managed to spurt up the lead to 7-0 till half time.
Bihar managed a decent comeback in the second half where they allowed only one goal by Rajwinder (41st) but failed to score a goal.