| A moment from the match between NF Railway (in white) and Sunrise at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 6: Defending champions Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Club came back from behind to get the better of Sunrise Athletic Club 2-1 in a championship round match of the Abhishek Motors R.G. Baruah Trophy Guwahati Super Division Football League at Nehru Stadium here today.
It was a lacklustre show in the first half, although the second half witnessed some nervous moments on both the benches.
Sunrise AC took the initial lead in the 22nd minute while NF Railway, despite being reduced to 10 men, lived up to their class to snatch the victory.
Nigerian recruit Camara set up a calculated pass to Olando inside the box and the latter didnít have too much to do except tap the ball into the net in the 22nd minute.
Sunrise survived from conceding the equaliser in the 31st minute when Sanjay Nag made a goalline save of a Y. Raju Singh header. This was repeated when Raju Roy saved a fine strike by Jelendra Brahma in the 42nd minute.
With the second half kicking off, it was the railmen who dominated the proceedings with frequent inroads into Sunrise territory. The side faced a blow when skipper Deepak Ghatowar had to walk out owing to his double booking. Sibra Narzary took full advantage of a defence lapse to equalise with a powerful left footer from the edge of the box in the 66th minute.
With the final whistle approaching, it was the fleet-footed Chayaram Basumatary who sealed their chances of clinching victory with a goal in the 85th minute.
Receiving a pass from substitute Sushanta Mazumdar from the midfield, Chayaram made his way past the opposition defenders into the box.
His strike found the back of the net with ease, leaving Sunrise AC custodian Santi Ranjan Das with no reply.
Assam Police Blues will take on Dynamo Club in a relegation round match tomorrow.
NE soccer: Super Club, Lokhra booked a semi-finals berth of the Joyram Medhi and Lagun Kro fifth Northeast prize-money football tournament defeating 4th Assam Police Battalion, Kahilipara 4-0 in the quarter-final at Sarusajai Sports Complex here today.