Khelo: Odisha, Haryana make semis in U-21 men’s hockey

Mumbai, Jan 11 (PTI) Odisha and Haryana won their respective Pool B matches in the Under-21 men’s category to advance to the semi-finals of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Friday.
Haryana produced an emphatic 6-1 win over hosts Maharashtra to secure their qualification to the semi-finals as they finished the pool stages with a tally of six points from three matches, a media release issued by Hockey India said.
In the other Pool B match, it was Odisha, who maintained their 100 per cent record as they defeated Jharkhand 2-1 to top their Pool with a tally of nine points.
A brace from Odisha’s Shilanand Lakra in the 9th and 35th minutes saw him put his team into a commanding position, while Jharkhand’s only goal of the match came in the 39th minute through Ashim Tirkey.
The semi-final matches of the Under-21 Men’s competition will take place on January 13 where Punjab will take on Haryana, while Uttar Pradesh will face Odisha.
On Saturday, semi-final matches of the Under-17 Men’s competition will be held, where Odisha will take on Punjab, while Uttar Pradesh will be up against Haryana, the release added.