Sub Junior Men Hockey National Ch’ship: Odisha, Jharkhand, Haryana & UP qualify for Semis
Goa: Hockey Association of Odisha, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh Hockey qualified for the Semi-Finals of the 12th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2022 after beating their respective Quarter-Final opponents here on Thursday.
In the first Quarter-Final, Hockey Jharkhand edged past Hockey Chandigarh 4-2 in the shootout after both the teams were locked at 3-3 after the regulation 60 minutes.
In the regulation time, Abhishek Tigga (40’, 51’) and Bishal Lakra (2’) were the goal scorers for Hockey Jharkhand, while Hockey Chandigarh’s goals came from the sticks of Gurpreet Singh (32’, 33’) and Captain Gurjeet Singh (48’). In the shootout, Hockey Jharkhand converted all their chances through Rohit Tirkey, Asim Ekka, Amrit Tirkey and Abhishek Tigga, while Gurpreet Singh and Damandeep Singh found the net for Hockey Chandigarh.
In the second Quarter-Final, Hockey Haryana outplayed Hockey Bihar 5-1. Captain Bittu (10’, 12’) and Rahul (36’, 53’) struck a brace each, while Bhrat Kaushik (21’) scored a goal for Hockey Haryana. Atit Kumar (26’) scored the lone goal for Hockey Bihar.
In the third Quarter-Final, Uttar Pradesh Hockey defeated Hockey Punjab 6-1 to seal their Semi-Final berth. Captain Manoj Yadav (7’, 12’), Shahrukh Ali (9’), Akash Pal (19’), Raza Ali (25’) and Mohd Zaid Khan (53’) scored for the winning team. Prabhdeep Singh (10’) scored the consolation goal for Hockey Punjab.
In the fourth Quarter-Final, Hockey Association of Odisha registered a clinical 2-0 win over Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey. Bilkan Oram (13′) and Irengbam Rohit Singh (34′) scored a goal each to help Hockey Association of Odisha book the last Semi-Final spot of the competition.
The Semi-Finals of the 12th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2022 will be played on Saturday, 14 May 2022.