| A moment from the match between NF Railway (in blue) and Kamrupa FC at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, July 13: Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Club sealed its place in the semi-finals of the Premier Agro Bio-Tech 10th N.N. Bhattacharya Knockout Football Tournament, defeating Kamrupa Football Club 1-0 at Nehru Stadium here today.
Despite Kamrupa FC’s lack of experience, the side put on a fine show to restrict the railmen from scoring any further goals in the match.
NFR players started off with their usual strategy by making inroads right from the referees’ whistle.
On having received a fine pass from Sibra Narzary in the midfield, Chayaram Basumatary’s strike from the left side of the box missed the crossbar by inches in the 11th minute. Jelendra Brahma made no mistake in putting his side in front with a fine volley in the 13th minute of play. Sibra Narzary’s well-measured pass was well utilised by Brahma whose powerful volley left the Kamrupa FC custodian Amulya Rabha with no reply. Kamrupa FC came close to equalising in the 30th minute.
However, Ranadip Rabha’s header off a Padma Rabha corner missed the woodwork by a whisker. With the second half kicking off, NFR players continued with their same style of playing although they looked quite defensive in the dying minutes of the game.
Kamrupa boys made several attempts towards the remaining quarter of the game but failed to find their desired result in front of a much-experienced railway defence line.
Being fed with a fine pass from skipper Bappa Biswas in the left flank, Sibra Narzary’s power packed left footer from the edge of the box was brilliantly saved by Kamrupa glovesman Amulya Rabha in the 51st minute.
Substitute Ajay Rabha’s chipped attempt was well saved by a forwarding NF Railway custodian N.J. Singh, who bounced back to rescue his side from not conceding the equaliser in the 65th minute.
Amulya Rabha produced yet another fine save by fisting the ball out of a Chayaram Basumatary strike from the left flank in the 69th minute.
He went on to save a Bappa Biswas shot by diving to his right in the 71st minute.
Kamrupa FC made several desperate attempts in the last few minutes of the game but failed to find the back of the net.
Earlier yesterday, Navajyoti Club defeated Ganga Sports Club 2-0 with goals by Newson Kom and Jehirul Islam.
Navajyoti Club will face Assam State Electricity Board Sports Club in the first semi-final on Tuesday.
The North East Association of Kickboxing Organisations met here recently to press the government agencies concerned to include kickboxing as a discipline in the North East Games.
The regional body also decided to award veteran sportspersons of the region with cash prizes and citations.