Sikkim Police has become the champion of the 1st Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Football Tournament 2018 played at Paljor Stadium. In the closely fought final match played on Saturday, Sikkim Police defeated Sikkim Aakraman Football Club in the tie-breaker.
Sikkim Police reached finals by defeated Kalimpong United in the semi-final, while Sikkim Aakraman FC defeated Brotherhood Football Club in another semi-final match.
Both teams played neck-to-neck from the start by an attacking game to take the lead in the match. Sikkim Aakraman FC took the lead in the 25th minute through Kushen Mangar who converted a direct free-kick into the lead. Sikkim Police players tried their best to equalize the score but the first half ended with the same score-line of 1-0 in the favor of Sikkim Aakraman FC.
Sahensha Ansari extended the lead of Sikkim Aakraman FC to 2-0 in the 63rd minute. While Sikkim Police trying their best to bounce back into the match and earned a penalty kick in the 67th minute. Dawa Lepcha successfully converted the penalty kick to reduce the goal margin to 2-1.
The goal boosted Sikkim Police with new energy played their hearts out to equalize the score-line and result came only in the dying minutes when Bir Bahadur Pradhan scored the equalizer for Sikkim Police in the 89th minute.
The full time of the match ended 2-2 draw and extended for the tie-breaker through the penalty shoot-out. In the penalty shoot-out, Sikkim Police converted all five shots into goals while Sikkim Aakraman FC players managed to score just 3 goals. Finally, Sikkim Police won the match by 7-5 in the tie-breaker to lift the champion´&;s trophy.
Sangay Bhutia of Sikkim Police adjudged the man of the match, while his teammate Dawa Lepcha awarded the man of the tournament trophy. Ronal Rai of the State Sports Academy received the best goalkeeper trophy and the highest scorer trophy was given to Bir Bahadur Pradhan of Sikkim Police. Sonam Lepcha of Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club adjudged as the emerging player of the tournament and the fair play trophy was awarded to the State Sports Academy.
The winning team received the cash prize of Rs 1 lakh along with the trophy while Rs 70,000 along with trophy was given to the runners-up team.
Roads & Bridges Minister GM Gurung, who was present as the chief guest, along with the Health Minister, AK Ghatani and other dignitaries handed over the cash prizes and trophies to its winners.
The tournament was organized by All Sikkim Scheduled Caste Welfare Association (ASSCWA). A total of fourteen teams from in and outside the State have participated in the tournament.
Sikkim Police has become the champion of the 1st Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Football Tournament 2018 played at Paljor Stadium. In the closely fought final match played on Saturday, Sikkim Police defeated Sikkim Aakraman Football Club in the tie-breaker.
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