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Meghalaya beat Services in Santosh Trophy

Press Trust of India  |  Vasco 

scored a goal in each half to get the better of Services 2-0 in the final round of the Group A league match of the Santosh Trophy football tournament, here today.

Meghalaya's goals were scored by Dibinroy Nongspung (8th minute) and Bisharalng Kharumnuid (76th).

With splitting points against today, West Bengal, who have seven points, are through to the semi-finals from Group A.

The second place from Group A will be decided between Goa, Services and when they play their last matches.

Meghalaya, who opened their account with today's win, have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals, having garnered three points from as many matches.

Services, the defending champions who needed a win to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals, made their intentions clear from the start as they piled pressure on the rival citadel with steady flow of passes but it was who took the lead in the eighth minute from a counter attack.

Hardworking Enestar Malngaing's cross from the left flank found Dibinroy Nongspung inside the box. He controlled the ball before essaying a stiff grounder to find the far corner of the net.

Stung by the reverse, Services mounted pressure on the rival citadel with repeated forays but failed to find the equaliser on three occasions.

First Francis Zoutlunga was unlucky in the 28th minute when his shot from inside the box hit the post. Eight minutes latter, Services Arjun Tudu missed the target narrowly from a counrter attack.

In the last quarter of the first half, Services were all over the rival in search of the equaliser but Britto PM's header from close range went just wide.

Services continued in the same way after the break but goals continued to elude them.

Meghalaya, who were seen defending their citadel, came with counter moves and increased the lead in the 76th minute.

Substitute Bikyson Mharkongor laid a forward pass which rival defender hesisated to intercept thinking it was an off side and Bisharlang Kharumnuid pounced on the loose ball and shot home to give Meghalaya their first win.


Meanwhile in another final round Group A league match of the Santosh Trophy, missed a number of chances to settle for a 1-1 draw against at Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.

With today's draw, are placed second with five points from three matches.

Services and Megahalaya, who have three points each, now need to win their last match along with Goa in order to qualify for the semi-finals as the second team from this group.

West Bengal, who have seven points and a game in hand, are leading the table and are the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

Goa got off to the perfect start when Aaren D'Silva tapped in a Francis Fernandes cross from inside the box to give the hosts the lead in the 13th minute.

Goa missed a number of chances which eventually cost them dearly when skipper Sehjpal Singh curled in a brilliant shot from outside the box past home team keeper Melroy Fernandes to draw parity.

First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 18:42 IST