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Sr. Women’s C’hips: Sandhiya leads TNโ€™s charge to quarters


On a day when Telangana lived up to the expectations — conceding at least 20 goals per game — Tamil Nadu, too, kept up withย  topped the group to move into the quarterfinals of the National senior women’s football championship on Friday.

Tamil Nadu blanked Punjab 6-0 to take its tally to seven points in Group H. Once again it was Sandhiya who led the charge; she netted three more to take her tally to 12 goals from just three matches. Durga, Kowsalya and Priyadarshini were the other scorers.

In Bengal’s 20-0 rout of Telangana, Huidrom Ranjita Devi netted nine goals. Naorem Sumila Chanu and Gita Das scored three each.

The final day of the league phase also saw Assam (from Group C), Goa (Group D) and Maharashtra (Group E) making it to the last eight. After a dayโ€™s rest, the quarterfinals will be played on Sunday.

The results (preliminary league):

Group C: Assam 2 (Sonia Marak 35, Mina Basumatary 49) bt Himachal Pradesh 1 (Poonam 52).

Bihar 2 (Archana Kumari 55, Baby Kumari 59) drew with Rajasthan 2 (Riya Jasrotia 83 & 90+4).

Group D: Jharkhand 2 (Alisha Tigga 24 & 63) bt Delhi 1 (Anjali 55).

Goa 3 (Rizella Cia Almeida 19 & 24, Sushmita Jadhav 45+3) bt Karnataka 0.

Group E: Maharashtra 1 (Trupti Deep 62) drew with Sikkim 1 (Suju Hangma Limboo 67).

Jammu & Kashmir 1 (Pooja Devi 41) bt Arunchal Pradesh 0.

Group H: Tamil Nadu 6 (Durga 25, Kowsalya 45+2, Sandhiya 57, 84 & 90+2, Priyadarshini 87) bt Punjab 0.

Bengal 20 (Huidrom Ranjita Devi 10, 20, 25, 34, 39, 47, 58, 71 & 90+2) Naorem Sumila Chanu 11, 18 & 55, Gita Das 13, 22 & 35, Dular Marandi 28 & 34, Kajal Das 68 & 84, Sandhya Maity 90) bt Telangana 0.

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