| ASEB and Green Valley players in action at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Dec. 30: Green Valley Sports Club sealed a quarter-finals berth for themselves, edging past Assam State Electricity Board Sports Club 7-6 in sudden death in an all-Guwahati inaugural match of the 62nd Bharat Ratna Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Trophy Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.
Amid a low turnout, both the sides managed an equal share of possession, and the scoreline read 1-1 till the end of regulation time.
It didn’t take long for Green Valley to break the deadlock as their Nigerian recruit Badmus Babatunde, making his way from the right flank into the box, found the back of the net with a powerful strike in the 11th minute.
Desperately in search of an equaliser, the powermen found their required result with Syed Ansar making no mistake in utilising the well-elevated corner by Sanjay Boro in the 17th minute.
Ansar’s fine flick of the head left Green Valley custodian Sukanta Roy with no reply.
In the second half, ASEB skipper Mitradev Swargiary was shown the yellow card for a foul against Kelechukwu in the 46th minute.
With a free kick being awarded to Green Valley, Lucky Imran’s attempt saw a fine curve although it missed the crossbar by a whisker in the 47th minute.
Kelechukwu failed to utilise an absolute goal scoring opportunity, with Babatunde setting it up with a fine through pass in the 75th minute.
Kelechukwu’s shot from inside the danger zone saw a forwarding Daoga Brahma produce a spectacular save.
The match proceeded into the penalty shootout with both the teams being tied with a goal each till the end of regulation time.
GreenValley’s Satwinder Singh failed to convert while Babatunde and Kelechukwu converted for them till the third penalty shot.
Nitu Narzary, Ramsang Liana and Biplob Kundu of ASEB converted their first three chances. The turning point in the penalty shootout came with the Green Valley custodian Sukanta Roy being replaced by Cheeradeep Chattopadhyay due to an injury.
ASEB’s Jessy Vanlalmuana found the net while Vanlal Zuidika failed to convert. Gaiham Rongmei and Jenga Rongmei converted their chances to take the match into sudden death.
Bijoy Borgohain and Devender Singh netted the ball for Green Valley while Sanjay Boro converted for the powermen. Chattopadhyay played spoilsport in ASEB’s hopes of proceeding into the quarter-finals by saving Daoga Brahma’s spot kick.
The tournament was inaugurated by former referee Bipin Chandra Deka, along with former footballer Akhil Boro and Abdul Latif.
GCA meeting: The annual general meeting of the Guwahati Chess Association will be held at the Assam Olympic Association Auditorium here at 3pm on January 12. The new district body of Guwahati Chess Association (Kamrup metro district) will be formed in the meeting.
Wushu team: Wushu Association of Assam has announced a 28-member team to participate in the under-17 and Under-19 National School Games to be held in New Delhi from January 2 to 8.
Fencing medals: Kabita Devi clinched an individual bronze medal while Sandhya Rani Singha, Tarjina Parbeen Khan, Juri Sarma and Priya Rani Devi bagged the team bronze in the foil event in the recently concluded 24th Senior National Fencing Championship at MA Indoor Sports Complex in Jammu and Kashmir.