Manipur, Chandigarh, Odisha, Maharashtra reach Sub-jr girls football semis

CHRONICLE BUREAU IMPHAL, 2nd Nov: Manipur, Chandigarh, Odisha and Maharashtra all made it to the semifinals of the Sub-Juniors Girls National Football Championship, following their quarterfinal triumphs on Thursday.

Manipur handed out a 5-0 hammering to West Bengal to ease into the last four, with Naorem Priyangka and S Lynda Kom claiming a double each.

The first-half contest saw the state girls fail to turn their dominance into goals and the first 45 minutes ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

After the restart, the game burst into life as Priyangka registered the first shot on goal in the 50th minute and it took just nine minutes for Lynda Kom to double their advantage.

Then it was Priyangka in action again in the 61st minute for her second goal before Thokchom Martina put the hosts further beyond reach with her 73rd-minute effort.

Lynda then completed the second-half barrage when she made it 5-0 in the 84th minute as Manipur enjoyed an easy passage to the semifinals.

Chandigarh, meanwhile, were too strong for Bihar to handle in an 11-0 mauling by the former.

Anju hogged the scoresheet with her four-goal salvo, followed by Poonam who scored a treble.

It was Poonam who set the tone for the rout when she opened the scoring only four minutes into the game before Poonam followed suit in the 18th minute.

Poonam made it 3-0 in the 27th minute and Manisha upped the pace three minutes later before Poonam wrapped up her treble in the 42nd minute.

Moments later, Anju continued the scoring spree in the 56th minute as Pooja (70th) and Varsha (73rd) further turned up the hit on their opponents with a goal apiece.

An own goal by Bihar compounded their woes as Anju struck twice (84th, 90+1) to complete their collection that saw Chandigarh eased their way into the last four.

In other quarterfinal, Maharashtra were being rewarded by two early goals to secure a 2-1 win over Delhi.

Sakshi Hiwale put the western team ahead only a minute from the first whistle and Sai Sankhe did her bit in the 17th minute and gave Maharashtra a 2-0 lead.

Delhi put in a spirited effort and reduced the scoreline in the 29th minute through Aveka Singh but the team failed to improve in the ensuing minutes.

Manisha Naik hit a hat trick to steer Odisha to a 4-1 victory over Kerala for their place in the semifinals. Kerala were the first to take the lead with a 30th minute strike from M Sona.

However, Odisha recovered in a span of five minutes with Sumitra Hembram scoring the equaliser. Then Manisha Naik took charge of the rest. She helped her team overturn the scores seconds before the halftime whistle. Manisha put the game beyond doubt with a double (80th, 88th) in the final minutes of the second half.

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