Pune: Mixed fortunes marked Kerala’s opening fixtures in theKhelo India Youth Gamesfootball competition here Thursday with their Under-21 boys team dropping a point to Chandigarh and their Under-17 girls swamping Himachal Pradesh by a 28-0 margin.
Dhruvgave Chandigarh the lead in the 62nd minute, but nine minutes later Habeeb Rahman fired the equaliser to save a point for Kerala, a media release issued here said. In the girls match, Kerala rode onMeghnas seven-goal blitz as the hapless Himachal Pradeshgirls were put to the sword.
Other scorers for the southern team included Sona (5), Sreelakshmi and Amaya (3 each) and Abhirami, Bhagya, Theertha and Ananya (2 apece). Led by a brace fromS Longjam, Punjab opened their campaign with awhirlwind 6-1 win over Uttarakhand in the boys U-17 section.
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