5 April 2014: Odisha will face the Defending Champions Punjab in the final of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) after winning their respective semi finals at Chennai.
In the first semi-final match between Haryana and Punjab, the Defending Champions beat their neighbours by 6-2 and Hockey Odisha defeated Sports Authority of India by 6-0 in a one-sided match in the second semi-final.
For the finale tomorrow while Punjab is all set to retain its title, Hockey Odisha is eyeing to settle scores with Punjab, as last year too both teams had met in the finals where Hockey Odisha lost to Punjab 2-1. This year it is yet to be seen who outwits the other to take the title home.
In the first semi-finals Punjab taking on Haryana kept pressure on the opponents in the entire match and did not allow them to get away during the entire session. Punjab opened its scorecard in the 11th minute when the team got a penalty corner which was converted by Harmanpreet Singh. Within 4 minutes and in the 15th minute Parvinder Singh scored a brilliant field goal giving the team a 2 goal lead. 18th minute again the team got a penalty corner which yet again was converted through the stick of Harmanpreet Singh. Just before the end of the first session, in the 32nd minute Punjab got another penalty corner opportunity and this time it was Ajit Pandit who did the scoring and taking the team to a 4-0 lead.
The second session was more evenly contested with Haryana trying to make a comeback. They scored back to back goal. The first one came in the 61st minute and was a penalty corner that the team bagged. The second field goal came immediately in the 62nd minute through the stick of Nikhil Saroha. Punjab immediately took charge and they added 2 more goals in the 67th and 68th minute helping them to take a big margin win over Haryana and entering the Finale tomorrow.
In the second semi-final match between Hockey Odisha and Sports Authority of India, Hockey Odhisha immediately went on the attack by scoring in the 9th minute when Joseph Toppo scored though a field goal. They put the opponent in the backfoot when they immediately scored the 2nd goal in the 11th minute which came from Felix Baa’s stick. In the 24th minute Hockey Odisha scored its 3rd goal through Nilam Sanjeep Xess. Going into the second half the team was leading 3 goals to 0. Hockey Odisha added another 3 goals in a matter of 6 minutes which came in the 52nd, 54th and 56th minute taking them to a convincing win and on a high to the finals tomorrow.
Semi Finals Results:
1st Semi-final Punjab 6 Harmanpreet Singh (11, 18 min), Parvinder Singh (15, 68 min), Ajit Pandit (32 min) and Lovepreet Singh (62 min) Vs Haryana 2 Sahil Dabas (61 min) and Nikhik Saroha (62 min)
2nd Semi-final Hockey Odisha 6 Joseph Toppo (9 min), Felix Baa (11 min), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (24 min), Teophil Kujur (52 min), Prasan Tirkey (54, 56 min) Vs Sports Authority of India 0
FiNALS SCHEDULE (6th April):
Bronze Medal Match 4pm Haryana vs Sports Authority of India
Finals 6pm Punjab vs Hockey Odisha