Patha Chakra beat spirited Red Army in seven-goal thriller
Calcutta Premier League side, Path Chakra, came from a goal behind to beat Indian Army(Red) coming to a step closer to the grand finale.
Despite an impressive game, the young squad of Indian Army [Red] went down to Partha Chakra 4-3 in the last quarter-final match to confirm the berth in the semi-final of the ongoing 37th All India Governor´s Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2017 played at Paljor Stadium on Thursday.
Army took the lead In the 16th minute of the match after referee offered a penalty kick to Army for a foul by Partha Chakra defender inside the box. N Suresh Meitei successfully converted the spot kick.
However, Army team could not able to hold the lead for a long time when Eric PB netted the direct free-kick into equalizer for Partha Chakra in the 21st minute. The first half was ended a 1-1 draw.
Eight minutes down to second half, Eric PB completed his brace to give Kolkata side a 2-1 lead. Alex Whittemore extended the lead for Partha Chakra in the 56th minute and scored his second of the match in the 68t minute to give CFL Premier division side 4-1 lead.
Army Red desperate for the come back struggled hard and earned a penalty in the 83rd minute. N Suresh Meitei scored from the spot to complete his brace.
Substitute, Pranay Rai, gave a ray of hope to the Army with his beautiful goal in the 86th minute. The young squad of Army played their hearts out to equalize the score but could not able to net any goal further.
With the final whistle by the referee, Partha Chakra became the last team to enter into the semi-final round of the tournament with this 4-3 win.
The first semi-final match of the tournament will be played between Mohun Bagan AC and ONGC Mumbai on Friday afternoon at 2:30 PM
Full-time: Army Red 3-4 Patha Chakra
85: GOAL!! Pranai Rai scores for Army Red
82: GOAL!! Suresh Metei scores for Army Red
68: GOAL!! Alex Whittemore scores for Patha Chakra
55: GOAL!! Alex Whittemore scores for Patha Chakra
53: GOAL!! Eric PB scores for Patha Chakra
45: Second half kicked off
Half-time: Army Red 1-1 Patha Chakra
45: Yellow Card to Pravat Lakra
20: GOAL!! Eric PB scores for Patha Chakra
16: GOAL!! Suresh Metei scores for Army Red
1: First half kicked off...
Patha Chakra line-up: Sangram Mukherjee, Sujoy Oraon, Prabhat Lakra, Victor Kamhuka, Santu Singh, Dinesh Bhagat, Lalkamal Bhowmick, Jagannath Oraon, Budhiram Tudu, Eric PB, Alex
Army Red line-up: Chanra Bdr. Tamang, LBobchand Singh, N Suresh Mettei, Parengu Limbu, PD Gurung, Christoper Kamei, Lalmumpuia, Shamshree Singh, Herojit Singh, Prem Kr. Mettei.