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Green Valley enter final

amba medhi soccer

Mangaldoi, Oct 12: A hattrick by Nigerian recruit striker Michel Lucky Kelechukwu was the icing on the cake in Green Valley Sports Club, Guwahati booking a final berth in the 33rd Amba Medhi invitation football tournament.

They crushed Lamlai Youth Progressive Society, Manipur 7-0 in the first semi-final at Mangaldoi Stadium here today.

In a one-sided affair when the Guwahati men dominated the proceedings right from the start, foreigner George Prince opened account in the eighth minute, heading in a free kick by Samson Basumatary from the right flank.

However, the Manipur side did not allow anymore goals in the first half.

The second half was, however, different as the Green Valley men pumped in six goals in quick succession.

Chayaram Basumatary converted a penalty kick awarded for Ng. Ravi Singh’s fault inside the danger zone in the 47th minute, which was followed by Kelechukwu pumping in four goals in a row.

He netted his first with a solo effort to beat custodian Kh. Nanao Singh in the 51st minute followed by another power-packed shot that brushed past the leg of defender Ravi Singh into the net in the 60th minute.

Kelechukwu fired in two more with solo efforts in the 72nd and 75th minutes before Maneswar Mushahary found the net for the seventh goal.

Though the Manipur outfit tried their best to stage a comeback throughout the match, they could not overcome the man-to-man marking by the experienced Green Valley men.

Junior tennis: The North East Tennis Foundation will organise the 19th All-Guwahati Junior Doubles Tennis Championship on its premises here from October 28 to 30. Events will be held in boys’ under-12, 14 and 18 age groups and girls’ under-14 and 18 age groups. The last date for filing entries has been fixed for October 21.