In the primary Group D sport on Thursday, performed on the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan (VYBK), the Army Red Football Team displayed sensible workforce play to defeat the Assam Rifles Football Team 4-1 and earn three helpful factors.
This was additionally the primary all regimental affair on this version of the Durand Cup. The two army groups have been drawn in Group D alongside Gokulam Kerala FC and Hyderabad FC.
Liton Shil, Bikash Thapa, Sushil Shah and the captain Nongmeikapam Suresh have been the heroes who scored for Army Red whereas Samujal Rabha scored the solitary objective for Assam Rifles.
Assam Rifles have been coming to the match totally pumped up, after profitable the Assam Rifles Invitational Cup earlier this 12 months, whereas the Army Reds have been enjoying their first official competitors in two years. However, Army Red have been clearly the extra dominant facet within the first half, asking questions within the Assam rifles objective field once in a while.
Both groups bought alternatives, however Army Red clearly regarded extra threatening. They have been the primary to attain as nicely when an excellent cross from left flank by Jain P was given a wonderful contact by Liton Shil within the 39th minute to attain the primary sport of the match.
However, Samujal Rabha shortly scored the equalizer for Assam Rifles, due to lack of communication between the keeper and defender within the Army Red goalbox to go 1-1 in half time.
Post half time, it was a very totally different story with the Army Red facet giving so probability in anyway scoring three targets in fast succession.
In the 66th minute, Bikash Thapa, who was making an attempt laborious all afternoon, collected a free ball and smashed it within the objective to present Army Red the lead. Shortly after, Sushil Shah scored one other one, by way of a penalty. Army Red’s Captain Nongmeikapam Suresh Meitei hit the ultimate nail within the coffin, hitting an excellent free kick to attain the 4th and closing objective for his workforce.
Bikash Thapa who was adjudged the Man of the Match mentioned, “This is just the start and our first match. It was a learning opportunity for us and the next two matches are very vital. It was very important to win this match.”
It will likely be one other double header tomorrow with CRPF taking up Mohammedan Sporting Club in a Group A encounter whereas Jamshedpur FC will lock horns with Army Green Football Team in Group B.
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