Tata Motors players pose with their trophy after winning the JSA Premier Division title at Keenan Stadium on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Tata Motors emerged the champion in the Premier Division of Jamshedpur Sporting Association football league on Thursday, thrashing Tata Steel a 2-0 defeat in the final tie at Keenan Stadium
The automobile giant bagged the trophy after almost a decade, thanks to their swift and aggressive game.
The match, originally scheduled on August 19, was played three days later due to waterlogging on the grounds.
Tata Motors dominated the proceedings from the first whistle, showing brilliant co-ordination between midfielders, strikers and defenders.
Tata Motors player Rupa Purty drew first blood in the 15th minute when he shot from the right flank after getting a cross from the centre.
Opponents Tata Steel tried hard for an equaliser but solid defence from the rivals prevented them from making headway.
Both teams went for lemon break with Tata Motors leading by one goal.
Babulal Hansda (Sr) scored the second goal for Tata Motors in the 52nd minute with a fine grounder.
The leading team then went on to create few more scoring chances but failed to convert them into goals. But the battle was already won.
When the final whistle blew, Tata Steel had to concede to an empty kitty.
After the victory, a beaming Purty said: “I was confident our team will win today. I was proved right.”
Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran handed over the trophy to the victorious team. He congratulated Tata Motors for claiming the title.
Tatanagar area railway manager Akhilesh Pandey, Tata Steel sports department head Captain Amitabh, JSA secretary Rajeev Mishra, chairman of football committee Ramesh Mehta and other senior functionaries of the association were also present on the occasion.
The teams of winners and runners-up of Super Division and A Division were also presented with trophies for their efforts during the league, which was played out for over a month.
While Gram Vikas Kendra walked home with the Super Division title, Narwapahar Sports Club clinched the A Division trophy.
Thakkar Bappa Club and Dobo Sangram Samiti bagged the runner-up trophy in Super Division and A Division, respectively.