Guwahati, Aug. 25: Defending champions NF Railway Sports Club (NFR SC) continued with their winning streak in the Abhishek Motors RG Baruah Trophy Guwahati Super Division football League defeating former champions Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) SC by a solitary goal at Nehru Stadium here today.
A brilliant header by striker Jelendra Brahma in the 82nd minute ensured the defending champions their fifth consecutive victory.
With the kickoff, ASEB nearly broke the deadlock in third minute. However, the seasoned NFR custodian K. Bijen Singh managed a spectacular save. Sagaar Hang Limbu’s powerful strike from inside the box was well saved by Singh.
ASEB continued with their desperate attempts in the initial stages.
The second half failed to produce much of a difference except for the goal, which made the difference.
Jelendra’s fine cross from the left flank saw Chayaram Basumatary failing to head the ball inches away from the target in the 55th minute.
The same saga continued with both the sides missing out on a few opportunities. Chayaram, having received a short pass from Jelendra, attempted one goal, which went way wide of target in the 61st minute. The powermen failed to build up attacks and were mostly struggling to keep possession. In the 81st minute, NF Railway player Sibra Narzary took the aerial route only to find the ball back in his feet after ASEB defenders could not clear the ball. Narzary’s fine cross was well set for Jelendra, who was on the prowl, to find the back of the net through a header in the 82nd minute. Navajyoti Club and Sunrise Athletic Club shared a point each playing a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s match. Ishak Sangma put Navajyoti ahead in the 32nd minute while Camara drew the parity in the 80th minute of the match.
Green Valley SC will clash with Assam Police Blues on Monday.
A Division League: In the Jibeswar Goswami Guwahati first division league, Maharana AC were awarded a walkover as opponents Abutani FC failed to turn up for the scheduled match at the second turf of the same venue.
City Police gained three valuable points with a 3-2 goal victory against Sports Authority of India Sports Club yesterday. Substitute Pranab Das netted two goals in the 48th and 80th minutes, including a penalty kick conversion for the latter, while Manoj Ahmed opened the account in the second minute of the match.
For SAI, Irakdau Khaklary scored both the goals in the 27th and 31st minutes respectively.