Formidable West Bengal and Tripura played a goalless draw and shared points in their cluster VI match in the Ninth Junior National Girls Under-19 Football Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Football Association at the Punjab Engineering College grounds on Sunday.
Both teams had a couple of opportunities to score but their forwards were wayward in their shooting. West Bengal enjoyed a slight upper hand.
However,the Tripura defence with their quick clearances denied West Bengal a close look at their goal. Bengal and Tripura have played two matches each and have four points apiece from one draw and one victory each. Qualifiers from this cluster will be decided on July 20 when Bengal face Punjab (one win,one defeat) and Tripura meet Rajasthan (two defeats).
At the adjacent ground,Punjab tasted their first victory by eking out a narrow 1-0 victory over Rajasthan. The all-important goal was scored by Sandeep Kaur who converted a spot kick in the 68th minute. In a defence-dominated game,Punjab were awarded a penalty when Rajasthan defender Heeral pushed Punjab striker Rajvir Kaur who was in the process of shooting at the goal.
Heeral of Rajasthan received caution for rough play in the 68th minute of the match.Striker Priyansu performed a three-in-a-row feat as Chattisgarh defeated Delhi by 3-0 in a cluster VI encounter. Priyansu started chasing her hat-trick in the 25th minute and completed it in the 80th minute.
Her second goal came in the 57th minute. Maharashtra had a field day in their opening cluster VII match with a thumping 11-0 verdict against Uttrakhand.
The star performer of Maharashtra was Utkarsha Anand who booted home five goals. She scored in the sixth,25th,61st,70th and 74th minutes. Liveonah S Divekor scored goals in the 18th,32nd and 76 minutes for the winning team.
Last year’s champions Orissa proved too good for Karnataka whom they handed out a 9-0 drubbing in their Cluster V encounter.
Deoji Murmur registered a brace by netting in the 27th and 50th minutes. With the withdrawal by Jammu and Kashmir from this cluster,Orissa will play a return match against Karnataka on July 20. Only two teams are left in cluster V.
Cluster IV:Pudicherry vs Bihar (7 a.m.),Chandigarh vs Jharkhand (7 a.m.).Cluster I : Uttar Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu (9 a.m.).Cluster:III: Mizoram vs Haryana (9 a.m.).