Apex FC defeated United Kurseong FC 3-1 in today´s 2nd Mahendra Karki Memorial Invitational Football Tournament 2018 here at Paljor Stadium. This is the second consecutive hattrick by Ganesh Limboo in the tournament. His first hattrick helped his team register 3-2 victory over Siniolchu Football Club, Namchi.
Prayash Pradhan scored the lead for United Kurseong in the 15th minute but two minutes later Ganesh Limboo scored the equalizer for Apex FC in the 17th minute. Both teams got some good opportunities to take the lead but failed to find the net and the first half ended with equalized score-line of 1-1.
Second half was again full of attacks and counter-attacks but both the teams failed to score until Ganesh Limboo completed his hattrick in the 80th and 85th minute to secure semi-final berth for Apex FC with 3-1 victory.
Sikkim Police has already secured their berth for the semi-final round of the tournament by defeating the defending champions, Sikkim Aakraman Football Club in the first quarter-final match. Now, Apex FC will take on Sikkim Police in the semi-final match on 27th April.
On Wednesday, the third quarter-final match will be played between the State Sports Academy and United Brothers, Kalimpong.
Due to regular thunderstorms in the evening hours as witnessed for the past few days, the organizers have announced that the final would be played in the afternoon hours and not under floodlights as previously scheduled. The final is scheduled for 30th April.
Ganesh Limboo´s Hattrick shoots Apex FC to the Semi-final of the ongoing 2nd Mahendra Karki Memorial football tournament.
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