March 28, 2009 2:49:54 am
Sitting at the two ends of the spectrum,defending champions J&K Bank and beleaguered Border Security Force had different goals in their minds. The former had two wins from as many matches and needed just a draw to make the last four,whereas the Punjab outfit needed nothing less than a win to survive.
The only goal of the match,however,breached BSFs defence in the 18th minute and from then on it was all about maintaining the lead. And in the process,J&K Bank defenders Shahnaz Iqbal,Martin Kolewole,Imran Rafiq and Mohit Verma though,helped maintain their goalkeeper Vikramjeet Singhs clean chit in the tournament. The closest he came to being tested was during the final five minutes when the BSF were awarded three corner kicks.
Skipper Boy Singh and Banti Singh kept pouring in the crosses from the flanks as Avnish Thapa and PB Ekka fell short on most occasions. But of all the misses the BSF must be ruing Banti Singh and veteran Santosh Kumars shots that,with only the goalkeeper to beat,kept clean of the upright by a good couple of metres.
As BSFs fortunes kept clear of the goal by miles,their opponents seemed reluctant after the early lead Badru Keke Ibrahims soft left-footer crawling into the net.
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Earlier Simla Youngs were held to a goalless draw by Bhawanipore Club. While the Delhi team are out of the reckoning,the Kolkata club have slender hopes of moving forward.
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