Khelo India: Odisha, UP register wins in U-17 men's hockey
Mumbai, Jan 8 (PTI) Odisha and Uttar Pradesh Tuesday posted victories in their respective second Pool A matches of the Under-17 men's hockey competition in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 here.
Haryana, Odisha and Punjab also emerged triumphant in the Under-21 men's category.
Men's hockey matches of the Games began at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium here from Monday.
In the Under-17 men's category, Odisha defeated hosts Maharashtra 7-0 and registered their second win in as many matches.
The match saw Odisha's Sudeep Chirmako score four goals (5th, 38th, 50th and 53rd minute), while Sunil Jojo (14'), captain Sunit Lakra (19') and Prasant Lakra (52') also chipped in with a goal each, a media release from Hockey India stated.
Uttar Pradesh registered their first win of the competition as they defeated Delhi 6-0 to overcome the opening day 1-3 defeat to Odisha.
Goals for Uttar Pradesh were scored by Ajay Yadav (50', 56'), Pankaj Yadav (9'), Suraj Singh (29'), skipper Saurabh Anand (36') and Rajan Gupta (60').
In the Under-21 men's category, Haryana opened their campaign with an emphatic 10-0 victory over Jharkhand in a Pool B match.
Goals for Haryana were scored by skipper Mandeep Mor (3', 13', 40'), Abhishek (24', 43'), Mohit (31', 44'), Jasbir Antil (7'), Deepak (36') and Pankaj (58').
In the other Pool B match of the day, Odisha matched their Under-17 team's feat as they also defeated hosts Maharashtra by a margin of 6-3.
Indian international Nilam Sanjeep Xess (18', 29', 49') scored a hat-trick for Odisha as Amit Chirmako (12'), Krishna Tirkey (38') and Ashis Topno (43') also contributed with goals.
Goals for Maharashtra were scored by Rohan Patil (25'), Malhari Chavan (52') and Harish Shindgi (57'), it said.
In Pool A, Punjab continued their good form as they won their second consecutive match by defeating Uttar Pradesh 1-0 in what turned out to be a hard-fought win.
The only goal of the game came in the 57th minute as Punjab's Harmanjit Singh converted a penalty corner to give his team full three points, the release stated