The tournament, being held in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, serves as a platform for scouting talent for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India next year
Kolhapur: Mizoram entered the next round of the Hero Junior Girls’ National Football Championship 2019-20 being held in Kolhapur, Maharashtra with a convincing 9-0 victory against Punjab in a Group C league match on Sunday.
Mizoram took the lead in the sixth minute when forward Lalrinmuani found the back of the net. She scored again in the 41st and 45th minute to further extend her team's lead. Lalnunsiami picked up a second-half brace and captain Lalhlupuii Varte, Vanlalnghaki, K Ngopaw Di, and Nancy Lalhlimpuii also scored to complete the rout.
Former champion Manipur kicked off their title campaign at the Hero Junior Girls’ National Football Championship 2019-20 with a convincing 4-0 victory against Uttarakhand. They are playing against Goa on Monday
Earlier, the first encounter of the tournament saw Jharkhand rack up a comprehensive victory over Jammu and Kashmir at the Rajarshi Shahu Stadium, with the scoreline reading 21-0. Forward Sumati Kumari notched up five goals in the game, while Astam Oraon, Anu Radha Kumari and Priya Kumari all picked up a hattrick apiece.
At the Polo Ground meanwhile, defending champions Tamil Nadu began their campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win over Madhya Pradesh. M Saritha opened the scoring for her side in the 21st minute and added a second just before half-time, with Mariyammal B recording a second-half brace and Priyadharshini S finding the net four minutes from time.
Goa recorded a 3-1 win over Tripura. Striker Karen Estrocio got all three goals for the Goan team while Anjali Debbarma scored a consolation in the 89th minute.
West Bengal picked up three points with a 1-0 win over Arunachal Pradesh while in the other Group D game, Haryana started off their campaign with a 9-0 win over Karnataka, with Rajni Bala scoring four goals and captain Raveena finding the back of the net thrice.