| NE Sports Club (in blue) and Bokakhat players in action in Tezpur on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Tezpur, July 28: Bokakhat XI got the better of North East Sports Foundation, Tezpur, by 2-1 goals in a match of the 54th Sohanlal Dugar Shield football tournament organised by Tezpur District Sports Association at Tezpur polo ground here today.
In an even contest, Bokakhat struck first blood in the 27th minute of the match through the boot of right-winger Biki Karmakar. The dexterous Biki made no mistake in connecting a pass from the midfield to catch the NE Sports Foundation custodian napping.
The local team, for their part, tried to draw parity with a couple of counter moves but to no avail. Instead, in the 37th minute, Bokakhat striker Subhash Munda made it 2-0 for his team through a solo effort after collecting a long ball from defender Bijoy Karmakar.
NE Sports tried to regroup in the remaining minutes before the lemon break but the Bokakhat defenders ensured that none went past them.
The second half saw a rejuvenated NE Sports as it went on the offensive from the outset. The positive approach paid dividends when in the 50th minute, NE Sports right-winger Amit Tanti reduced the margin with a firm strike off a long ball from stopper Sandip Rana.
The next phase of play saw the Tezpur team try hard to bring up the equaliser. However, Bokakhat strengthened its defence and played it safe. There were a few good moves from both sides but the scoreline did not change further till the final whistle.
There will be no match tomorrow because of Id-ul-Fitr. On Thursday, Jorhat Town Club will lock horns with Guwahati City Police.