Bangladesh Krida Siksha Protisthan (BKSP) defeated Esteqal High School from Kabul (Afghanistan) 4-2 via penalty shootout, in the Sub-Junior Boys semifinal of 57th Subroto Cup International Football Tournament at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium here today. At the end of the regulation time, the teams were tied goalless, forcing the penalty shootout…
The boys from Dhaka will take on in final Government Model School from Chandigarh, who downed NCC Directorate (Odisha) 4-3, also via penalty shootout, in the second semifinal. The under-14 final will be played on Thursday.
It was a sad exit for Esteqal as the Afghan boys, who had displayed excellent coordination and neat footwork, were on the day impeded by an alert Bangla defense who seemed to have done their homework really well. The normally able Esteqal strikers were rendered toothless even as BKSP frontline continued its forays into the rival citadel. But every time they tried hard, BKSP were thwarted by the Afghan custodian Mohammad Sharif, who did a fine job under the bar. Equally efficient was Saiful Islam who kept a hawk-like vigil at the Bangla goal.
Yet, it was Saiful who changed the course in favour of the Bangla team stopping the Afghani progress. Usaf Ali Jiban, Tohidal Islam, Mohammad Habibur and Abdul Kader converted from the spot while for the Kabul side only Mohmmad Amin and Muhammad Harano managed to score.
As for the Chandigarh outfit, which played percentage football throughout, were in not their elements as a challenging NCC defended itself well. Both teams had their chances but none of them was able to convert them into account.
In the end, the penalty shootout was the only way to break the deadlock and for Chandigarh Taison, Balraj, Pawan and Lovepreet scored while it was Sameer Kerketta, Thankadar Bag and Ashanta Kerketta converted.
In the morning, Sports School, Kohima, IGS Academy, (Nagaland) scored their second successive win when they beat SAM GMR Sports from Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) 4-0, while YUWA India from Ranchi (Jharkhand) won 11-0 against Rajkiya Balika Inter College from Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) in another one-sided match in the Junior Girls (under-17) league match.
Both matches failed arouse much interest because of the domination of the two teams against their weak opponents. As in the previous match, it was Abeino who started the proceedings for the Kohima squad in the eighth minute and 11 minutes later added one more to his tally. As the teams were preparing for the break came another goal during injury time of the first half when Kedoseno struck. After change of ends, Akhala completed the task as the girl from Nagaland added her name to the goal-scorers’ list.
The Ranchi girls were in an attacking more from the word go but, despite several goal-bearing moves, they could not get into the scoring list for the first 17 minutes. Kusum Kumari broke the logjam, making a deep raid into the rival territory and placed the ball past Uttarakhand goalkeeper.
As if they were waiting for this very moment, the YUWA girls one after another went through the gaps to score. By the time they went for the break, Aarti Kumari had consolidated their position with a goal in the 30th minute. On return, the Ranchi girls never relaxed their grip Shivani Thapa (2) Sunita Kumar, Radha Kumari, Sumitra Kumari, Neeta Kumari (2) and Manisha Tirkey (2), taking their turns, found the target.
In another match, Delhi Dynamos FC defeated CBSE 22-0 with Navneet Kaur, Renu, Anjali Syal doing maximum damage for the opponents. Mona, Yachika and Bharti joined the celebrations by adding more insults to the CBSE injury.