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SSB Bengal beat NISA in semis

Imphal, Jan. 8: SSB West Bengal edged past North Imphal Sporting Association by 5-4 goals during tie-break to book a berth in the final of the 57th Sir Churchand Singh Football Tournament at Khuman Lampak man stadium here.

The SSB team will prove their strength against Tiddim Road Athletic Union for the title on Saturday at 1pm.

NISA and SSB were locked 1-1 during regulation time and the match had to be decided through a tie-break in which SSB prevailed, shooting in four goals. NISA managed to convert only three kicks.

NISA started as the local favourite and brought cheer to the stands with L. Sanatomba Singh hammering home the opening goal in the fourth minute. SSB got the equaliser through Liton Shil in the 32nd minute after collecting a poor clearance from NISA defender Ajit kumar Singh to level scores 1-1. During the tie-break, SSB players Asitkumar Malik, L. Ranjan, Ng. Jitkumar, A. Joykumar converted their kicks while Ranadeep Dasís shot hit the bar. For NISA, M. Bijen, Th. Itomba and Th. Surjit ruffled the net while G. Golmeiís kick was saved and L. Sanatombaís shot went wide. NISA player Th. Itomba was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Selection: Birchandra Memorial Sporting Club, Tabungkhok defeated Kangchup Road Youth Physical Sporting Association by 9-1 goals to finish on top of the Manchester United Premier Cup Selection Competition on Khuman Lampak artificial turf.

Hockey: Khongman Students Club got the better of Hockey Association of Young Talent by 2-1 goals in the first under-14 Boys Herojit Waribam Hockey Tournament at Khuman Lampak practice field.

Northeast tennis

The five-day 18th North East India All Assam Tennis Association ranking tennis Championship, organised by Golaghat Tennis Club, got under way at its courts in Golaghat today. The championship is being held in under-12, under-14 and under-18 age groups for boys and girls.