Baarhoongkha in semis

An 86th minute equaliser by Newson Kom could not help hosts Guwahati FC enter the semi-finals as opponents Baarhoongkha Athletic Club, Kokrajhar, today held the hosts to a 2-2 draw to enter the round of four of the Assam State Premier League football tournament by virtue of better away goal tally.

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 13.07.15
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A moment from the match between Guwahati FC (in grey and black) and Baarhoongkha at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

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Guwahati, July 12: An 86th minute equaliser by Newson Kom could not help hosts Guwahati FC enter the semi-finals as opponents Baarhoongkha Athletic Club, Kokrajhar, today held the hosts to a 2-2 draw to enter the round of four of the Assam State Premier League football tournament by virtue of better away goal tally.

In their return leg quarter-final encounter at Nehru Stadium here, Baarhoongkha and Guwahati FC settled for a 2-2 draw, which helped the visitors prevail with a one-goal better scoring average. The two sides had drawn their first quarter-final tie 1-1 in Kokrajhar on Wednesday.

With the win Baarhoongkha have set up a semi-final clash against FC Green Valley, Guwahati, on July 16 in Guwahati and at Kokrajhar on July 19.

Playing in a humid afternoon, Baarhoongkha clinched the lead as early as the third minute through Nigerian recruit Nwukwu Michael Okudili. The visitors dominated the first half with the sole goal.

The second half witnessed the Baarhoongkha net ruffled intelligently by striker Newson Kom in the 50th minute.

Restoring parity, the hosts mounted pressure on the Baarhoongkha castle and managed to find the net through a joint effort of Nnmani and Ndubuisi Opara in the 70th minute only to be caught offside by the linesman.

Oblivious of the fact, the Guwahati FC men celebrated a goal when the opponents launched a counter-attack and Okudili made no mistake in heading in the ball into the net in the 71st minute.

Kom bounced back for the equaliser in the 86th minute and found the net but it was not enough to secure a semifinal berth for his side.

In another return leg match at Moran in Sivasagar district, Trinayanjyoti FC, Dibrugarh, got the better of hosts Moran Town Club, Sivasagar 3-2 to set up a semi-final clash with Morning Star FC, Diphu.

The home side gained a 2-0 lead with Hope Rally and Dhabesh Daimary finding the net in the 23rd and 59th minutes. However, the visitors bounced back in the last few minutes to fire in three goals in quick succession.

Green Valley had yesterday qualified for the semi-finals defeating hosts Rhino FC 2-1 in their return leg match in Golaghat.

In their first match on July 7, Green Valley won 3-2.

Morning Star FC, Diphu, had yesterday thrashed Tezpur United 4-1 in another return leg match in Tezpur to enter the semis.