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GVK clinches victory in game of nerves

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The first day of Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) football tourney saw Gram Vikas Kendra (GVK) post a 2-1 victory over Singhbhum Soccer Fansí Club (SSFC) at Gopal Maidan on Monday.

Both teams are playing in the super division at the tournament.

SSFC took a lead in the 23rd minute with Brajesh Kant heading the ball into the net. The forward moved into a scoring position to receive a cross from the right flank and leapt high to make contact with the ball.

The trailing team, despite creating scoring chances, failed to equalise for the rest of the first half. But, a penalty kick by Dojo Mardi in the 47th minute brought GVK back into the game.

GVK took the lead five minutes later when a goal by Mangal Murmu made the scoreline read 2-1.

GVK held on to the lead till the final whistle, winning the first match of the month-long tournament.

Earlier in the day, JSA football committee chairman Ramesh Mehta and vice-president Captain Amitabh jointly inaugurated the tournament. Senior office bearers of the association were present during the event at Gopal Maidan.

As many as 33 clubs from Jamshedpur are vying for top honours in the tournament, which is a coveted event in eastern zone.

The participating teams have been categorised under super division, premier division and A division. Matches during the tie will be held at Gopal Maidan, Keenan Stadium, JRD Tata Sports Complex and Armoury ground.

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