Mumbai's [ Images ] boys and girls' teams bowed out of the 35th Junior (under-20) National Hockey Championships in contrasting fashion on Saturday.
In the tournament, being organised by the Pune District Hockey Association, in association with the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, under the auspices of the Indian Hockey Federation, the Mumbai boys went down fighting to a plucky Karnataka [ Images ] 1-2 in a pre-quarter-final match while the girls were squarely beaten 6-1 by Punjab [ Images ] in a quarter-final, played at the Major Dhyanchand ground, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nehrunagar.
Mumbai paid dearly for not capitalizing on the chances that came their way and conceding two soft goals. They did well to take the lead, when penalty-corner specialist Narad Bahadur converted a penalty-corner in the 19th minute. However, their joy was short-lived as Karnataka pulled a goal back through Bopanna C V in the 22nd minute before Vinayak K Bijwad made the most of a defensive lapse to snatch the winner in the 40th minute.
Mumbai went all out in search of the equaliser and even earned a couple of penalty-corners but without success.
Earlier, the girls were unable to match the performance of the Punjab outfit and surrender meekly.
In the morning, the Delhi [ Images ] lads also paid the price for their prodigality in front of the goal as they went down fighting 3-4 to Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] in another pre-quarter-final encounter.
Girls' quarter-finals: Haryana 4 (Navneet 32nd, 60th, 63rd, Raman 62nd) bt Karnataka 2 (Chaitra 36th, Saina Banu 58th).
Punjab 6 (Veerpal Kaur 2 - 52nd, 60th, Sandeep Kaur 15th, Paramjit kaur 32nd, Shikkar Bisht 48th, Ramandeep Kaur 49th) bt Mumbai 1 (Naomi Monteiro 37th).
Boys' pre-quarter-finals: Haryana 12 (Sidhant Gautam 2- 5th, 31st, Ajay Sharma 2 â 15th, 19th, Naveen Sangwan 2 - 39th, 44th, Hansraj 2-52nd, 67th, Dharmendra [ Images ] Bhagwan 2 - 34th, 42nd, Naveen Grewal 28th, Munish Rana 21) bt Outer Districts 1 (Samir Bhusale 34th).
Indian Oil Corporation [ Get Quote ] 7 (Sanklap Raghav 18th, Sukhdev Singh 24th, Ramandeep Singh 34th, Gagandeep Singh 46th, Chandan Singh 50th, Sampath Kumar 58th, Nijanthan M 67th) bt Tamil Nadu 2 (Albert John 61st, Sevakumar N 63rd).
Uttar Pradesh 4 (Mohd Javed 12th, 66th, Abhishek Singh 5th, Sunil Shouker 13th) bt Delhi 3 (Mohit 44th, Amit Louchab 50th, Rocky Louchab 68th).
Karnataka 2 (Bopanna C V 22nd, Vinayak K Bijwad 40th) bt Mumbai 1 (Narad Bahadur 19th).