Mixed fortunes marked Kerala's opening fixtures in theKhelo India Youth Gamesfootball competition here Thursday with their Under-21 boys team dropping a point to Chandigarh and their Under-17 girls swamping Himachal Pradesh by a 28-0 margin.
In the girls match, Kerala rode onMeghnas seven-goal blitz as the hapless Himachal Pradeshgirls were put to the sword.
Other scorers for the southern team included Sona (5), Sreelakshmi and Amaya (3 each) and Abhirami, Bhagya, Theertha and Ananya (2 apece).
Led by a brace fromS Longjam, Punjab opened their campaign with awhirlwind 6-1 win over Uttarakhandin the boys U-17 section.
Tamil Nadu had to wage a grim battle to down Odisha 1-0 in their U-21 girlsopener.
MariyammalBalamurugam's strike in the seventhminute turning out to be the match-winner.
Later, scoring twice in each half,Karnatakacollected full pointswith a 4-1 win over Mizoram in the U-21 tournament.
For Mizoram, H P Lalremruata scoredthe consolation goal.
Lalchhanhimi, Miriam Lalnunsiami (four each) Lalrinmuani (3) and Lalnuntluangi (2)were the scorers.
Results: U-21 (Boys) KeraladrewwithChandigarh 1-1, Mizoram bt Maharashtra3-0.
U-21 (Girls): Tamil Nadu btOdisha 1-0, Mizorambt Himachal 13-0.
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