Haryana women triumph at hockey nationals

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Haryana registered a 4-1 victory over Railways to win the Senior Women’s National Championship at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here Tuesday.

Railways scored their opening goal through Amandeep Kaur in the 15th minute. After conceding an early goal, Haryana forwards played attacking game and built pressure on their opponents. Haryana scored through Udita (34th & 65th min) and Narinder (47th & 49th min).

Railways wasted a number of scoring chances as they failed to convert 10 penalty corners.

In an earlier match, Jharkhand defeated Punjab 2-1 to finish third in the championship.

Jharkhand, who led 1-0 at the half time, scored through Ebha Kerketta in the 30th minute through a penalty corner. In the 37th minute, Basanti Kachhap scored another goal for Jharkhand to make it 2-0. Punjab tried to reduce the margin in the 46th minute with a penalty corner converted by Sukhjit Kaur. After their first goal, Punjab wasted a few scoring chances and failed to score any further goal.

Jharkhand, showing appreciable fluency and purpose, applied pressure on Punjab but their forwards were a let-down as they failed to cash in on the opportunies inside the striking circle.

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