| A moment from the match between Green Valley (in green) and NFR at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Phtotos |
Guwahati, Aug. 18: Holders NF Railway continued their unbeaten run in the Abhishek Motors RG Baruah Trophy Guwahati Super League football tournament, handing a solitary goal defeat to Green Valley Sports Club in their match today at Nehru Stadium here.
In a contesting affair that went goalless almost throughout the regulation time, Sibra Narzary fired in the all-important goal with a left footer off a Chayaram Basumatary pass from inside the box in the 84th minute.
The Green Valley men were in command of the first session and got a couple of scoring opportunities, but goals eluded the side.
Nigerian recruit Michel Lucky Kelechukwe got the first opportunity when he received a pass from Laldeniela inside the box in the 20th minute.
He, however, squandered it by placing it wrongly.
Just two minutes later, midfielder Enga Rongmei took a power-packed shot at the woodwork only to be saved brilliantly by seasoned Railway glovesman Bijen Singh.
Experienced Railway striker Duleswar Rabha was the first to beat the Green Valley defence in the 23rd minute today when he managed to place a Sibra Narzary pass beyond the custodian, but stopper Satvinder Singh cleared it from the goalline.
Yesterday, Assam Police Blues played a goalless draw against Sunrise Athletic Club to share a point each from a lack-lustre affair.
While soccer skills were hardly on display, muscle power was definitely on.
Munna Limbu of Assam Police and Sanjit Mandal of Sunrise got engaged in a scuffle, which created a free-for-all situation on the field in the 65th minute.
Referee Zeherul Islam gave marching orders to both the players after an interruption of seven minutes.
Navajyoti Club will meet Food Corporation of India in tomorrow’s match.
In the Jibeswar Goswami first division league, Ganga Sports Club today rode a hattrick by Xumam Gopi Singh to inflict a 4-2 defeat on Abutani SC.
After Henry Kelechi Oja of Abutani netted the opener in the 20th minute, Singh ruffled the net thrice in the 31st, 56th and 59th minutes, including a penalty kick conversion in the 59th minute, before Vanlalnghaka fired in the fourth for the side in the 63rd minute.
Oja found the net for another goal in the 72nd minute.
Rising XI prevailed over Sports Authority of India Sports Club 3-1 in yesterday’s match of the first division league.
For the winning team, Wilson Dewri scored a brace in the 25th and 70th minutes while Ajoy Sonar added one in the 75th minute. For SAI, skipper Sanjoy Boro netted one in the 34th minute.
City Police will clash with Rajbari AC in tomorrow’s match.