by Khelo Media
Yogesh Singh slammed five goals including a hat trick as title contender Haryana thrashed Jharkhand 9-1 while Punjab overpowered spirited Chandigarh 2-1 in the under-17 Khelo India Youth Games hockey competition at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.
In a one-sided fixture, Haryana toyed with Jharkhand and led 4-1 at the half-time. The margin would have been bigger but for the missed chances by Haryana forwards. Abhimanyu, Ankit Malik, Manjeet and Amit Kumar were the other scorers while Navin Kerketta found the mark for Jharkhand.
Later, Punjab scored a goal in either half to subdue fighting Chandigarh 2-1. All the goals in the match came off penalty corner conversions. Prabhsimranjeet Singh gave Punjab the lead in the 12th minute and Sarabjot Singh made it 2-0 in the 46th minute. Three minutes before the final whistle Rohit reduced the margin.
In the U-21 section, hosts Maharashtra humbled Jharkhand 8-3, while Odisha surprised Haryana 4-1 to garner full points in Pool B.
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