Pun­jab Po­lice, As­sam Ri­fles make last four grades

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPORT - Adhikari MM Prasad

PATNA: Pun­jab Po­lice and As­sam Rif­fles moved into the semi­fi­nals of 61st BN Mul­lik Me­mo­rial All In­dia Po­lice Foot­ball Tour­na­ment de­feat­ing West Ben­gal Po­lice 2-1 and BSF 2-0 re­spec­tively in the quar­ter­fi­nals at Moinul Haq Sta­dium, here on Tues­day.

Pun­jab Po­lice were trail­ing 0-1 at the end of first half.

Ben­gal with short passes and quick in­ter­change of po­si­tions put pres­sure on Pun­jab Po­lice ter­ri­tory. In the 16th minute Ben­gal striker Kishore Mal­lick, from the right flank gave a through pass to Kaushik Dutta but the lat­ter failed to cash in on the op­por­tu­nity. Ben­gal missed an­other chance in the 29th minute when Di­pankar Das shot hit cross­piece.

Shrug­ging off the ini­tial hic­cups, Pun­jab Po­lice played at­tack­ing soc­cer in the next five min­utes. Pun­jab skip­per Shi­raj Has­san from the mid­field lobbed the ball in the Ben­gal box but Harprit Singh shot went over the cross­bar. Three min­utes be­fore the lemon break Ben­gal’s Manoj Das put his team into lead when he beat the Pun­jab Po­lice goal­keeper.

Stunned by the re­verse, Pun­jab Po­lice com­bined well from the start of sec­ond half and raided the op­po­nent box on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. They got the equliser in the 65th minute when Ro­hit Singh pushed the ball into Ben­gal net off a pass from Harprit Singh (1-1). Harprit Singh scored the match win­ner in the 90th minute (2-1).

In the sec­ond match As­sam Ri­fles dom­i­nated the pro­ceed­ings from the start and Dens­ing Mukhim drew the first blood in the 28th minute (1-0). Bulu Jing­dung com­pleted the tally in the 66th minute (2-0).

Dhi­raj Singh of As­sam Ri­fles and Kabul Singh of BSF were shown yel­low cards by ref­eree Sa­ten­dra Ku­mar.

SAN­TOSH/HT PHOTO

An As­sam Rif­fles player (blue) vies with BSF player dur­ing their match in Patna on Tues­day.

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