have emerged runners-up in three of the last five editions of the U-17 Women’s National Championship. But on Sunday, they played like champions to script a goal-fest in their Group A match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium and scored one less than a dozen against Jharkhand
to win 11-0.
Kimte Lagel (9’, 21’, 44’, 86’) added four more to her tally of goals in the championship to make it nine and became the third highest goal-scorer so far. Moibungkhongbam Sanjana Chanu (40’, 82’) and Thingbaijam Sanjita Devi (13’) added a brace each while Oinam Babita Devi (14’), Ipham Romina Begum (49’) Kkhumukcham Sanamija Chanu (90+2’) added a goal to the misery of the Jharkhand defence.
Uttarakhand won their match in the group 4-0 against Andhra Pradesh.
Manipur strengthened their place atop the group with nine points, two ahead of Jharkhand in second place.
In Group C, Bihar won their encounter with Madhya Pradesh at SAI New Field 2-0 with goals from Lucky Kumari (50’) and Shruti Kumari (71’).
In the same group, Delhi showed their intention of dethroning Bihar from the top spot by thrashing Meghalaya 7-0 in their game for the day. Diya Dubey (8’, 16’) and Player of the Match Muskan Khan (28’, 86’) scored a brace each for the winners.
But Bihar remained on top spot with 12 points from four matches while Delhi were close behind with nine points after playing the same number of games.
In Group F, Odisha lost their match against Maharashtra 0-3 at SAI New Field, Paltan Bazar while Dadra and Nagar Haveli beat Chandigarh 4-0 at LNIPE, Sonapur. In the closely contested group, Dadra and Nagar Haveli were on top with nine points as Maharashtra stayed just a point behind on second. Odisha were third with seven points.
However, Group H was witness to another goal-fest on the day as leaders West Bengal romped to a 13-0 win over Jammu & Kashmir riding five goals from Player of the Match Sonali Soren (5’, 12’, 74’, 86’, 90+2’). Second-placed Tamil Nadu
won their match in the same group 3-0 against Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, in Group E, Kerala unleashed their attacking mode as they beat Ladakh 8-1 to extend their lead at the top while Punjab and Nagaland managed a 1-1 draw to stay behind.