| A moment from the match between Green Valley (in green) and ASEB at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 21: Maharana Athletic Club today clinched a 2-1 victory to put an end to Ganga Sports Club’s unbeaten run in the Jibeswar Goswami Guwahati first division cricket tournament in the second turf of Nehru Stadium here.
In a close contest, a first half penalty kick squandered by David K. Hmingthanga cost Ganga SC dearly.
Striker Swarang Basumatary put Maharana ahead by a goal in both halves before substitute E. Amit Kumar Singh reduced the margin for Ganga SC.
Basumatary netted his first in the 20th minute heading in a flag kick by N. Surjit Singh. Amit Kumar Singh fired in the only salvo for Ganga shooting it off a goalmouth melee.
Though Ganga made a number of forays into the opponent’s castle in the last few minutes of the match, Maharana pinned themselves onto the back foot, leaving hardly any room for the Ganga forwards to convert the opportunities.
Apparently unnerved by the strong defence Maharana put up, the Ganga men also squandered several scoring chances by shooting the wrong way around in the last five minutes of the match.
Super division league: In the Abhishek Motors R.G. Baruah Trophy Guwahati Super League, Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) Sports Club today held N.N. Bhattacharjya Trophy champions Green Valley Sports Club to a goalless draw on the first turf of the same ground.
The second half witnessed a couple of inroads by either side but goals eluded both.
In the 61st minute, the first shot was taken to the net by Thomson Langthasa of Green Valley off a flag kick by Savao Tangkhul that managed to beat glovesman Daoga Brahma. However, Willim Gangte brilliantly cleared the ball from the goalline.
Gaiham Rongmei also squandered another easy opportunity for Green valley when he failed to place a Nnamdi Jonathan pass inside the goalbox in a one-to-one situation with the custodian.
Green Valley custodian Sukanta Roy also made a brilliant save by kicking out a Gangte header from inside the box off a Sanjoy Boro flag kick.