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Sunrise eclipsed

Super League

Guwahati, Aug. 3: Green Valley Sports Club blanked Sunrise Athletic Club 2-0 in the RG Baruah GSA Super Division Football League at Nehru Stadium today.

The Green Valley men had the upper hand from the outset as their midfielders co-ordinated well with the strikers.

Sunrise, by their standards, had an ordinary game as they lost the battle of ball possession in the first half.

In the 35th minute, Sunrise defender Taying Anthony handled the ball outside the penalty box to concede a free kick. Green Valley skipper Sanjiba Rongpi curled one brilliantly to the left of goalkeeper Manish Timsina Chetry as the latter could only watch the ball ruffle the net.

In the second half, too, Green Valley dominated proceedings and the pressure was on the Sunrise defenders to negate the barrage of shots at goal. In the 61st minute, Sunrise’s Sujan Lama committed the same foul that cost them dear in the first half; only this time it was worse as Green Valley earned a penalty. The in-form Sanjiba made no mistake again, firing one to the goalkeeper’s right for a 2-0 lead.

Thereafter, Green Valley muffed up a couple of chances as maverick striker George Prince headed one wide of the goalpost and Kwabena Yeboah struck one that hit the woodwork.

However, Sunrise lifted their game in the final 10 minutes, apparently desperate to reduce the margin. But they were erratic.

In the 81st minute, Edoho Gilbert shot wide after dribbling past three defenders while shots by substitutes Babulal Hasda and Abul Kalam Azad sailed off target.

Meanwhile, in a match of the Jibeswar Goswami A-Division Football League, Rising XI Club edged past Rajbari Athletic Club 2-1. Striker Indrajit Sonowal of Rising scored two goals (in the 15th and 23rd minutes) while substitute L. Domen Singh reduced the margin for Rajbari in the 60th minute.

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