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ASEB defeat Navajyoti 3-2, enter final

Guwahati, July 15: Assam State Electricity Board Sports Club edged past Navajyoti Club 3-2 via tie-breaker to ensure their place in the final of the Premier Agro Bio-Tech 10th N.N. Bhattacharya Knockout Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.

Both the sides failed to produce anything special to break the deadlock in the regular 90 minutes, prodding the match to a tie-breaker.

Skipper Sanjay Boro, Priyo Kr Singh and Biplob Kundu converted their options while Nitu Narzary failed to find the back of the net for ASEB.

Navajyoti’s Michael Lalhruailuanga and glovesman Subhojit Barman converted for their side while Nigerian recruit Enmanuel Nnamani, Lalduhawma and Jessy Laruatuia failed to find the target.

On having received a well-elevated cross from William Gangte on the right flank, Karma Narzary’s header early in the eighth minute failed to find the back of the net, denying the powermen an early lead.

Narzary again came close to providing his side up in front in the 12th minute. However, his strike from inside the box missed the target by some inches.

Navajyoti’s Newson attempted on target with a strike from inside the box but could only manage the safe hands of the ASEB custodian Daoga Brahma in the 20th minute.

The powermen came close to finding their lead in the game in the 63rd minute but the goal was well saved by the Navajyoti custodian.

On having received a free kick from a few steps outside the box, Vanlalzuidika’s shot found Y. Gopi Singh inside the box. However, the latter’s attempt was saved by Subhojit Barman in the 63rd minute.