| A moment from the match between Kamrupa (in red) and FCI at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, July 9: A spirited Kamrupa Football Club clinched a 2-1 victory over Food Corporation of India Sports Club in their match of the Premier Agro Bio-Tech N.N. Bhattacharya Knockout Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.
Kamrupa Football Club came close to breaking the deadlock early in the seventh minute through Dhabesh Daimary. Daimary, on having received a pass from Rudra Boro, took a powerful strike from inside the box and missed the target by some margin.
The side came close to finding the lead in the 17th minute when Sontul Rabha’s corner found Jibeswar Rabha on the edge of the box. However the latter’s attempt missed the crossbar by a whisker.
The first notable strike from the FCI side came in the 26th minute when Saurav Chutia decided to have a go from the edge of the box but was fisted out for a corner by Kamrupa FC custodian Amulya Rabha.
Rudra Boro provided Kamrupa FC with the lead in the 28th minute after having received a pass from Padma Rabha. Boro’s powerful strike from inside the box left FCI custodian with no reply.
FCI came close to finding their equaliser in the 42nd minute but Kamrupa FC custodian Amulya Rabha managed to pull out a fine save. Kailash Gogoi from the right flank provided Rakesh Das with an absolute opportunity however the latter’s header managed the safe hands of the Kamrupa glovesman.
With the second half kicking off, it was FCI with their frequent attacks although their failure to convert their chances let them down.
It was Amulya Rabha yet again who came to his side’s rescue with a brilliant save off N. Momocha Singh’s free kick from the edge of the box in the 52nd minute to deny FCI their equaliser.
Sontul Rabha, on having received a lobbed pass from Dhabesh Daimary, made no mistake in providing his side with a two-goal lead with a powerful volley from the edge of the box in the 54th minute.
FCI, desperately in search of goals, had Rakesh Das find the back of the net with a powerful strike in the 60th minute. They again came close to finding their equaliser in the 65th minute. However, Rudra Boro’s strike could only manage to hit the crossbar in the 65th minute.