Defending champs Assam Police crash out
PATNA: Defending champions Assam Police crashed out of the 61st BN Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Championship losing 0-3 to Kerala Police in a quarterfinal match at the New Police Lines ground here on Tuesday. In the other match of the day, dark horse Mizoram Police blanked Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 2-0 to book their berth in the semifinals.
On Wednesday’s semifinals, Kerala Police will face Punjab Police at 11 am while Assam Rifles will take on Mizoram Police at 1pm. Kerala Police, who have displayed an organized and cohesive football in this tournament so far, did not disappoint their fans on Tuesday and shot into the lead off a strike from Anis in the 40th minute. Assam Police tried their best for an equalizer in the first half, but Kerala defenders foiled most of their dangerous looking moves. At the breather Kerala Police led 1-0.
In the second half, Kerala cops went all out for a kill and raided rival’s citadel on a number of occasions. In the flurry of attacks, striker Prashant cashed in on an opportunity that came in the 56th minute through a well-measured shot that foxed the rival custodian (2-0).
Prashant increased the tally in the 71st minute to seal the fate of defending champions (30). The later part of the second half saw players of both the team engaging in physical maneuvering rather than concentrating on their moves.
Three players, two from Kerala (Sharif, Alok) and one from Assam Police (Mufidul Islam) were shown yellow cards by the referee.
Mizoram Police were quite clinical in their win against SSB. They had more ball possessions comparing to their rivals. F Lal Nu Puian put Mizoram into the lead in the 41st minute while Lal Myaun Khuian made it 2-0 in the 76th minute.
Kerala Police (in sky blue) and Assam Police players in action in Patna on Tuesday.