Karnataka, Jharkhand enter quarters of Senior National hockey
Bangalore, Sep 29 (PTI) Hosts Karnataka and Jharkhand entered into the quarter-finals of second Hockey India Senior Men National Championship with emphatic victories in their respective last league matches here today.
Karnataka, who are unbeaten so far in the tournament, topped pool B with a 5-1 win over Andhra Pradesh and will now meet Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinals.
Jharkhand, riding on Ajitesh Roy''s four goals, outplayed debutants Sashastra Seema Bal 9-1 for an all-win record in pool D. They will take on Air India in their last-eight stage match.
Other two quarterfinal matches will be played between holders Haryana and Manipur, and Punjab and Indian Railways.
All the four matches will take place tomorrow.
On the day, last year''s runners-up Karnataka started on a promising note when skipper and drag-flick ace, V R Raghunath converted a 11th minute penalty corner.
In the 21st minute, Vikram Kanth drove home a Raghunath pass to put the hosts 2-0 up.
Andhra, however, hit back in the 23rd minute when Sampath Kumar converted a penalty stroke that was awarded after Avinash Chindrapu''s goal-bound attempt struck defender Darshan Dayavai on the foot.
On change of ends, the complexion of the game also changed as Karnataka went on the offensive and three field goals were scored in quick succession through MK Mudappa (43rd), Nitin Thammaiah (48th) and SK Uthappa (51st) that effectively ended Andhra''s challenge. .