ONGC beats local favorite Sikkim Himalayan SC to confirm semifinal berth
Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club lost to ONGC Mumbai in the penalty shoot-out the first quarter-final match in the ongoing 37th All India Governor´s Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2017 played at Paljor Stadium on Monday. With this win, ONGC Mumbai has secured its berth in the semi-final round of the tournament.
Sikkim Himalayan SC was impressive and kept the pressure on the opponent with an attacking game from the very word go. The home team broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute through Brighty and maintained the 1-0 lead till the end of first half.
ONGC looked better in the second session and looked desperate for the equalizer. The visitors got luck in the 62nd minute when referee spotted the handball in home team box and Nitesh Monde made no mistake in converting the penalty kick to bring in the parity in the game.
With no more goals the match ended 1-1 draw and extended for 30 minutes extra time with no results coming in and the match has to be pushed to the tiebreaker.
ONGC managed to score 5 goals from six shots, while home team netted just 4 goals from six shots.
The two times champion of the tournament, ONGC became the first time to make it place in the semi-final round of the tournament with this 5(1)-4(1) victory.
The second quarter-final will be played between Calcutta Customs and Manang Marsangdi Club, Nepal on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 PM.
ONGC came from behind to put local side at back foot and book the semifinal berth of Sikkim Gold Cup