Bhopal, October 21: Jharkhand scored a hard fought 1-0 win against Odisha to enter the semi-finals of 2ndHockey India Senior Women National Championship at Aish Bagh Hockey Stadium, Bhopal on Sunday morning.
After a goalless half, Jharkhand scored through Sushila Lakra in the 47th minute.
In another quarter-final match MPHA beat Punjab 7-6 via penalty shoot-out to book their berth in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals Railways will face Jharkhand while Haryana will take on Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.
Scoring five goals in each half, defending champions Indian Railways defeated Uttar Pradesh 10-1 to become the first team to enter the semi-finals.
Giving early breakthrough to Railways are forwards Roselin Dung Dung and Skipper Jasjeet Kaur who opened account scoring with goals in the fifth and eighth minutes respectively which helped their team to build pressure on the opponents.
Skipper Jasjeet Kaur topped the score list for Railways with three goals followed by Roselin Dung Dung (2), Vandana Katariya (2), Sushila Chanu (1), Deepika Thakur (1) and Ritu Rani (1) while opponents only reply came through Pratibha Chaudhary.
However, Uttar Pradesh were unable to build on the early break as they committed far too many errors in their defence to allow Railways to gain the upper hand.
“Considering the strength and composition of our team that had both experienced and young players, I am satisfied with our performance. We will try to do better in the semi-finals and then finals to retain the title” said Jasjeet Kaur, Skipper, Railways team.
In the second quarterfinal match of the day Navneet Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur scored twice each as Haryana raced to a 6-1 win against Chandigarh to enter the semi-finals.
Chandigarh who led 1-0 at the half time scored through Anu Bala in the 27th minute but struggled to find any rhythm or flow in their remaining game.
Haryana got a good breakthrough and leveled the score when Jaspreet Kaur successfully converted penalty corner in the 39th minute. Two minutes later Udita scored another goal for Haryana. Thereafter Haryana stepped up the pace and found the target in the 51st and 54th minute through Ramandeep Kaur. Centre forward Navneet Kaur scored two goals for Haryana in the 55th and 69th minute.
Quarter-final 1: Railways 10 (Roselin Dung Dung 5th, 36th; Jasjeet Kaur 8th, 17th, 43rd; Vandana Katariya 14th, 23rd; Sushila Chanu 37th; Deepika Thakur 50th and Ritu Rani 62nd) beat Uttar Pradesh (Pratibha Chaudhary 32nd)
Quarter-final 2: Haryana 6( Jaspreet Kaur 39th; Udita 41st; Ramandeep Kaur 51st, 54th; Navneet Kaur 55th, 69th) beat Chandigarh 1 (Anu Bala 27th).
Quarter-final 3: Jharkhand 1 (Sushila Lakra 47th) beat Odisha 0.
Quarter-final 4: MPHA beat Punjab 7-6