Meghalaya makes historical past, enters Santosh Trophy semifinal for the primary time

 The Meghalaya gamers rejoice their maiden Santosh Trophy semifinal entry in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Photo: AIFF
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 Meghalaya players celebrate their maiden Santosh Trophy semifinal entry by tossing their coach Khlain Syiemlieh in the air in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Photo: AIFF

 Meghalaya gamers rejoice their maiden Santosh Trophy semifinal entry by tossing their coach Khlain Syiemlieh within the air in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Photo: AIFF
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Meghalaya made historical past by coming into the semifinal of the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship for the primary time in Bhubaneswar on Monday. And it made it in high quality vogue.

Down by a aim shortly after the half-hour mark in its final Group ‘B’ match, Meghalaya bounced again and defeated West Bengal 2-1 with its objectives coming in a four-minute spell late within the first half by means of Allen Camper Lyngdoh and Nikelson Bina. With that, Meghalaya completed behind group topper Services and made the last-four stage.

“There is a good mix of boys who have experience playing not just Santosh Trophy but also for clubs outside the state,” stated Meghalaya’s head coach Khlain Syiemlieh.

“They have a lot of hunger and desire and I’m very happy for them. They deserve it.”

Action shifts to Riyadh

The league part ended on Monday and the motion will now shift to Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium for the semifinals within the first week of March. Meghalaya will face Group ‘A’ topper Punjab whereas Services will meet Group ‘A’ runner-up Karnataka.

Services blanked Railways 4-0 with Oinam Gautam Singh and Adersh Mattumal scoring two objectives every whereas Delhi, driving on Ajay Singh’s brace, blanked Manipur 2-0 in different Group ‘B’ matches.

The outcomes (Group B): Meghalaya 2 (Allen Camper Lyngdoh 44, Nikelson Bina 45+3) bt West Bengal 1 (Sougata Hansda 36).

Services 4 (Oinam Gautam Singh 32 & 49, Adersh Mattumal 34 & 65) bt Railways 0.

Delhi 2 (Ajay Singh 18 & 45+1) bt Manipur 0.

Final placings (Group B): 1. Services (13 pts), 2. Meghalaya (10), 3. Railways (7), Manipur (6), Delhi (5), West Bengal (1).

Source web site: www.thehindu.com

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