| A moment from the match between Navajyoti (in white) and Sunrise at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 3: The Abhishek Motors R.G. Baruah Trophy Guwahati Super League Football Tournament’s championship kicked off today with a thumping 5-0 victory for Navajyoti Club against Sunrise Athletic Club at Nehru Stadium here.
In a rather one-sided match on a slippery turf, the Navajyoti men dominated the proceedings right from the word go to register an emphatic victory. Missing the services of foreigners Camara and Clearance Carter, Sunrise, who could not even fill up the substitute bench, were no match to the opponents in today’s outing.
Midfielder Khonjeng Kamei opened the floodgates for Navajyoti with a power-packed shot from the top of the box to ruffle the net in the 20th minute.
Though the Sunrise men tried to come back into the match, they found the Navajyoti defence an impenetrable barrier on most of the moves they initiated.
At lemon break, Navajyoti led by a solitary goal after frontliners Jessy Vanlalmuana and Asian missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities in the ninth and 38th minutes. Vanlalmuana and Asian, however, kept on disturbing the Sunrise defence with their movement in the striking zone. Vanlalmuana’s efforts yielded in the 65th minute when he made no mistake in heading in from inside the box a Kamei free kick from the right flank.
Lalduhawma further consolidated the lead, shooting in one from inside the box just three minutes later. He got the opportunity when Vanlalmuana’s header off an Abuan free kick landed at the feet of Asian who could not take the shot into the net.
Substitute Jeherul Islam pumped in the fourth goal for Navajyoti in the 81st minute by making no mistake in his follow through into the opponent’s goalbox.
Vanlalmuana fired in the last goal of the match with a powerful grounder off a Kamei pass that brushed past the foot of glovesman Das into the net in the 82nd minute.
Had it not been for the slippery underfoot conditions, Navajyoti could have netted a few more goals while Sunrise, too, could have ruffled the net on a couple of occasions.
Sunrise, albeit going all out in the last few minutes, could not find the net through Sanjay Nag whose powerful shot from the left flank was brilliantly saved by Navajyoti keeper Subhajit Barman.
Green Valley SC will meet holders NF Railway in tomorrow’s match.