Junior Girls' National Championship: TN, Jharkhand qualify for quarterfinals

Tamil Nadu recorded a thrilling 2-1 win over Delhi while Jharkhand beat Uttar Pradesh in a 10-0 mauling at the Kolhapur's Rajarshi Shahu Stadium.

Tamil Nadu and Delhi players battle for the ball during the Group B match of the Junior Girls' National Championship.   -  AIFF Media

Defending champion Tamil Nadu made it to the quarterfinals of the Junior Girls' National Football Championship with a hard fought 2-1 win over Delhi on Monday. Jharkhand also qualified for the last eight with a 10-0 rout of Uttar Pradesh at the Kolhapur's Rajarshi Shahu Stadium.

After the first half of the Group B ended goalless, Priyadarshini opened the scoring for Tamil Nadu in the 49th minute but it was cancelled out by Aveka Singh strike seven minutes later. However, the winner came in the 74th minute through B. Mariyammal, securing the victory for the side from south India.

In Group A, Jharkhand continued its free-scoring run to seal a quarterfinal spot with a 10-0 win over Uttar Pradesh. Sumati Kumari was on fire for Jharkhand, bagging eight goals (10', 12', 44', 49', 51', 57', 86', 90+3') while Astam Oraon (52') and Santoshi Kumari (90+1') grabbed one apiece.

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In Group C, Manipur picked up its second win on the trot with a 4-0 victory over Goa. Forward S. Lynda Kom (23', 40', 46') scored first half hat-trick while Naorem Priyangka Devi (49') added the fourth to propel her team to the top of the group.

In the other match, Tripura registered the three points after a hard-fought 1-0 win over a resolute Uttarakhand side. The match looked to be headed towards a stalemate but Anjali Debbarma scored from the spot two minutes from time to give her side the win.

Group D also Haryana emerge on top with six points from two games as it beat West Bengal 3-0. Ritu (30') and Kamna (41') scored once each from the spot in the first half and skipper Raveena sealed the victory in the 81st minute.

Arunachal Pradesh were the other team in the group to pick up the win, with Kai Rumi scoring the only goal of the game in the 8th minute against Karnataka.

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