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NF Railway start with win

Guwahati, Aug. 6: Defending champions Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Club kicked off their RG Baruah Guwahati Sports Association Super Division Football League in style with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Dynamo Club at ground one of Nehru Stadium here today.

Although the sides were locked at one goal each till half time, Dynamo players completely failed to keep up with the railmen after the lemon break as they went on to concede three more goals in the second half.

Manjit Rabha decided to go for the target with a powerful strike from outside the box. However, his attempt failed to yield the desired result as it went over the crossbar by some margin in the 11th minute.

Sibra Narazary, making his way from the left flank, provided the perfect setting for Jelendra Brahma, whose gentle tap found the back of the net to put the railmen in front in the 13th minute.

Dynamo Club utilised their 27th minute corner to draw parity through Dwimalu Brahma’s header. Bilson Daimary who took the right corner kick provided Brahma with the perfect elevation to head the ball past NF Railway custodian N.I. Singh.

N.I. Singh produced a spectacular save by acrobatically fisting the ball out for a corner off an Amoja Singh’s powerful strike from the edge of the box in the 33rd minute.

Ajang Pu made a fine goal line clearance denying Jelendra Brahma his brace in the additional minutes of the first half.

With the referee whistling for the start of the second half, Dynamo players were completely outplayed in every department of the game and could hardly penetrate the NF Railway defence line.

Sibra Narzary’s powerful left footer left Dynamo glovesman Sanjay Biswas with no reply in the 58th minute. On having received a pass from Bipul Khanikar on the left flank of the box, Sibra Narzary’s shot ensured his side’s lead.

To rub salt into Dynamo’s wounds, Bipul Khanikar with a full-blooded strike found the back of the net to give his side a two-goal lead.

Sibra Narzary took full advantage of a defensive lapse and made no mistake in placing the ball into the target past a Dynamo custodian in the 76th minute.

In the Jibeswar Goswami GSA A-division Football League, traditional rivals Gauhati Town Club and Maharana Athletic Club registered a 1-1 draw in the second ground. Right after the second half kicked off, GTC with a sudden attack managed to get the required result with skipper Sanjeeva Rongpi ensuring the finishing touch.

The ball hitting the hand of GTC defender Sumeet Das inside the danger zone led to Maharana being awarded a penalty. Bishnu Rabha’s set piece ensured the equaliser for his team in the 77th minute.