Kohima, June 27: Nagaland U-17 girls only managed a draw in the last league match against Punjab 1-1 at the ongoing Hero Junior U-17 Women Football Championship to end their campaign in the tournament.
Nagaland came from behind to snatch a draw against Punjab 1-1 at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Practice Ground, Guwahati on Sunday.
In a must-win match for both teams, Punjab got into scoresheet through Palak in the 39th minute.
The second half saw Nagaland get back the equaliser in the 49th minute through Nirmala Rai. However, both teams failed to find the winning goal as the match ended in a draw, sharing a point each and ending their journey in the tournament.
Kerala thrashed Ladakh by 8-1 to top the table of Group E and progress to the quarterfinals round of the tournament.
Coach Ropfu Meyase said it was a great exposure for the kids but suggested the need to encourage more girls to play more football in future so that better results can be expected.
In the tournament, Nagaland won a match against Ladakh by 2-1, lost against Kerela by 0-7 and drew in the last match against Punjab.
(Page News Service)