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Hero Senior Women's National Championship: Odisha, Tamil Nadu kickstart campaign with wins

Published at :June 15, 2023 at 3:04 AM
Modified at :June 15, 2023 at 3:04 AM
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Odisha beat Jharkhand

Odisha kicked off their Hero Senior Women's National Championship 2022-23 campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Jharkhand in a Group A clash at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

The winners led 1-0 at the half time. Skipper Pyari Xaxa and defender Karishma Oram scored for the winners.

India International, Pyari Xaxa opened the scoring in the 7th minute of the match when she rose high in the penalty box to meet a corner kick from Malati Munda. Pyari Xaxa’s brilliant header went into the top corner of the goal to put Odisha ahead. 

Odisha doubled their lead in the second half from another set piece movement. Jasoda Munda floated in an inch-perfect cross from a corner kick inside Jharkhand's box and it was met by defender Karishma Oram, who headed the ball past Jharkhand's custodian Anjali Munda.

Karishma Oram was adjudged the Player of the Match.

Big win for Tamil Nadu 

Tamil Nadu began their campaign with a 4-0 win against Karnataka in a Group B clash at the GNDU Main Ground. 

A brace from Sandhiya Ranganathan in the second half and goals from Indumathi Kathiresan and Yuvarani R steered Tamil Nadu to a perfect start in the competition.

Tamil Nadu had to wait until the add-on time of the first half to break the deadlock. Midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan put Tamil Nadu in front moments before the half time whistle. Sandhiya Ranganathan made it 2-0 in the 49th minute of the match. Yuvarani R extended Tamil Nadu's lead in the 60th minute to make it 3-0 and Sandhiya Ranganathan struck her second goal of the match to make it 4-0. Sandhiya was adjudged the Player of the Match.

Punjab, Chandigarh play goalless 

Chandigarh and hosts Punjab played goalless in a Group A clash at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Both teams came close to scoring on several occasions, but none could eventually break the deadlock.