| The Chawfianga team with the prizes at B.R. Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. Telegraph picture |
Guwahati, Oct. 15: They tried hard, but as luck would have it, faltered in the final hurdle.
In an all-Northeast affair, Assam’s Betkuchi High School went down 1-2 to Mizoram’s Chawfianga Government Middle School, Kolasib in the final of the under-14 Subroto Cup at B.R. Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
This is the third time a team from Mizoram has won the title, though Chawmfianga have won for the first time.
The match was locked 0-0 at half time. In the 28th minute of the match, Mizoram’s Lalathansanga’s shot hit the post before going inside. Eight minutes later, Mizoram defender Lallawmawma botched up a clearance to score an own goal.
The setback only seemed to spur on the team from Mizoram when Lalampuia’s header off a corner fell to an unmarked Lallawmsanga who made no mistake from close range in the 47th minute of the match.
Mizoram dominated the proceedings and could have scored at least a couple of goals in the opening 15 minutes. However, the Assam defence, which had not conceded any goals during their journey to the final, held firm to deny their rivals the lead in the first half.
Betkuchi coach Ansai Brahma, while conceding defeat to a superior team, blamed poor refereeing for the defeat though.
“A poor call by referee Uvena Fernandez cost us the match even as the linesman had raised the flag for an off-side. Instead, an indirect free kick from the edge of the box in the dying minutes resulted in a Mizoram goal. From there, it was tough to make a comeback. But, we are happy with the overall performance,” Brahma told The Telegraph today.
Betkuchi High School headmistress Arati Goswami, however, said the achievement augured well for the sport in the state. “We were expecting them to go all the way though. But considering the fact that we do not have a proper playground, this is no mean achievement. It will motivate others to perform well at the national level. But we will definitely move the government for funds so that we can create infrastructure of our own,” she said.
The wining team received a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000 while the runners-up took home Rs 1,00,000. Lalampuia, who scored 14 goals in the meet, was adjudged the Best Player while Nayan Jyoti Kuli and Chiran Swargiary from Betkuchi was named Most Promising Player and Best Goalkeeper respectively.
Kokrajhar Higher Secondary School and Arya Vidyapith High School, Guwahati had won the tournament in 1986 and 1992 respectively.
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