| Bhawanipore FC (in blue) and Shillong Lajong players in action at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Jan. 7: Bhawanipore Football Club, Calcutta, made it to the final of the 62nd Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Bordoloi Trophy Football Tournament, defeating a spirited Shillong Lajong FC 6-4 via tiebreakers in the second semi-final here at Nehru Stadium this evening.
The match failed to produce a result in regulation time with both the teams tied up at 3-3. In the tiebreakers, the Calcuttans converted three of their chances and Shillong Lajong could manage only one.
Shillong Lajong broke the deadlock through Th. Bipin Singh in the 15th minute.
Shillong Lajong custodian Nitin Meel was shown the yellow card for a fault against Brazilian Jose Ramires Baretto and a free kick was awarded to the Calcutta side in the 21st minute. Baretto found the back of the net with a curling volley.
Bhawanipore obtained their second goal in the 24th minute through J. Prasad set the ball rolling to their African recruit Bidemi Ayeni Danielís foot who ensured a fine goal.
In the second half, the Shillong side conceded their third goal in the 65th minute through Daniel.
The Shillong side managed a fine goal in the 75th minute through Redeem Tlangís pass to Shaibor Kharpan.
Rupert Nongrum provided Samuel Shadap with the right elevation for him to volley it into the net in the 85th minute.
Substitute Anubrata Maity, Dipendu Dwary and Manjit Singh converted their attempts in tie-breaker for Bhawanipore while Th. Bipin Singh was only successful one for the Shillong side.