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Hosts Haryana to face Chandigarh in final

Press Trust of India  |  Sonepat 

While Haryana posted a 5-3 win over last year's runners-up Jharkhand to enter the final, Chandigarh beat defending champions Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) via penalty shootout to book a berth in the final.

Haryana scored through Navneet Kaur (8th, 10th min), Manjit Kaur (11th, 46th) and Malkit Kaur (43rd), while Punam M Tete (24th) and Sabnam Lakra (45th, 57th) were on target for Jharkhand.

Haryana looked a better outfit with a lot of character and composure, even as Jharkhand committed far too many errors that put them on the defensive for most part of the match.

The hosts controlled and dictated the pace from the start. There was also variety in their moves with the forwards never starved of passes from the midfield.

Up front, the Haryana forwards showcased their skill and pace to repeatedly wrong foot the defenders. And at the back, they always had enough players to repel Jharkhand attacks.

Centre forward Navneet Kaur, who has scored 20 goals in the tournament so far, once again made important contribution in Haryana's victory by hitting the target twice against Jharkhand. (MORE)


First Published: Thu, October 11 2012. 19:15 IST