Dibrugarh, Dec. 1: Moran Town Club edged out heavyweights Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB), Guwahati by a solitary goal today to advance into the next round of the 1st Bodosa Cup Prize Money Invitational Football Tournament at Kakopathar Public Playground in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.
It was a dream achievement for a lesser known team like Moran Town Club to defeat ASEB, who are one of the best in the region. However, the Moran side’s performance in various tournaments in Upper Assam in the last few years has been impressive.
In today’s match, ASEB took the field sans their star striker Sanjiba Rongpi. They began aggressively, but faced stiff resistance from the opponents.
The Moran players, too, launched a few counterattacks during the first half but failed to ruffle the net. The first half ended goalless.
Both the teams began aggressively in the second half as well and launched a series of attacks and counter-attacks on either side.
During one such attack, the Moran players, taking full advantage of the fatigued ASEB defenders, got their match-winning goal in the 58th minute.
Nayan Jyoti Baruah scored the goal capitalising on a pass from Lohit Taye from the right flank.
Although, the ASEB side tried hard to net the equaliser, their efforts were foiled by the upbeat and spirited Moran goalkeeper Jun Borgohain, who was declared the Best Player of the match. Jun saved at least seven goals and thus won the match for his team.
Today’s match was enjoyed by a 2,000-strong crowd.
“It was simply great to watch a lesser known team like Moran Town Club defeat ASEB, one of the best of not only of our state, but also the region,” Pradip Moran, a spectator, said at the end of the match.
OIL will take on Derial Gaon Yubak Sangha, Duliajan in tomorrow’s match.