Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh make winning start in India Sub Junior Hockey Championship: Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh made a winning start in the The 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Men) National Championship 2018 (A Division) that started in Saifai, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
In the first match of the day, Sports Authority of India defeated Delhi by a solitary goal in Pool A. It was in the 56th minute, Sports Authority of India scored the only goal of the match when Arun Sahani found the net.
In another Pool A encounter, Karnataka and Hockey Gangpur-Odisha produced some determined hockey to play out a 1-1 draw.
In Pool B, Chandigarh trounced Andhra Pradesh 11-0. The victors looked in good form and scored 10 goals in the second half to wrap up the match. Goals for Chandigarh were scored by skipper Amandeep (43′, 52′, 63′), Rahul (32′, 42′), Harpanthpreet Singh (45′, 70′), Pardeep (46′), Amritpal Singh (62′), Gundeep (68′) and Harpreet Singh (69′).
In the second Pool B encounter, Haryana blasted Jharkhand 4-1. Haryana scored the first goal when Pankaj scored in the 13th minute The lead was quickly neutralised by Jharkhand’s David Dhanwar who scored in the 14th minute. However, Haryana scored three more goals through Ankush (22′), Pankaj (39′) and Roshan (52′) to round off a 4-1 win.
Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy also started their Pool C campaign on a bright note beating Chhattisgarh convincingly 14-1.
In another Pool C encounter, Punjab defeated Manipur 4-3 in an entertaining encounter. It was Manipur who dominated the first half of the match as they ran away with a comfortable 3-0 lead through goals from Dingku Sharma Gurumayum (11′), Stelin Singh Irengbam (22′) and Amarjit Ningombam (34′). However, the second half saw a complete opposite story as Punjab came back from three goals down to win the match 4-3. Punjab were helped by a brace from their skipper Ranjodh Singh (44′, 62′) and a goal each from Simranjot Singh (45′) and Akash (66′).