Playing for the Finale berth of the 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) – Division A, the semi finals saw Hockey Punjab taking on Hockey Himachal where the former beat the later in all departments to claim the Finale spottomorrow. In the second semifinal between Hockey Odisha and Hockey Haryana, it was Hockey Odisha which emerged victorious after a hard fought battle and a score of 3-1 in their favour.
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The second semi-final match between Hockey Odisha and and Hockey Haryana was a complete dry run in the first half as the defence of both the teams were alert, not allowing any single opportunity to be cashed on by the opponents. With the second half being the crucial deciding session, it was Hockey Odisha who finally broke the jinx as they converted the penalty corner in the 53rd minute by Suman Kujur. Taking the goal as a cue, the team scored within two , again through Sumna Kujur converting the penalty corner. Trailing the game 0-2, Hockey Haryana registered their first goal in the 56th minute when Santa Singh charged into the D and deflected the ball into the nets. While Hockey Haryana tried to equalize the game, Hockey Odisha dented their spirits as they scored their third and final goal in the 63rdminute and going on to win the match 3-1.