In a match that was intercepted by misty cloud Athletic FK defeated Kiranti XI Himachal Pradesh 1-0 in the Kurseong Saheed Gold Cup played at Chandmari Ground on Monday evening.
In a chilled weather of Kurseong Athletic FK kicked off the game and had an early chance to take the lead when Nigerian striker Nana´s header from Norbu Lepcha´s left wing cross hit the post in the sixth minute.
Atheltic FK´s constant pressure on rival got rewarded in the 12th minute when Henry Ifeayni´s shot found the net after receiving the ball inside the box.
As Kiranti started showing some resistance the game was forced to put in halt as the mist covered the whole ground making the visibility almost zero.
As the mist made its way off the ground the game resumed and before the end of first half Arjun Limbu earned the penalty as he was brought down inside the box. However Bantawa hit the post from the spot kick.
The second half witnessed Kiranti XI keeping the ball possession as they are desperately looking for the equalizer. The game was again called to halt as the dense fog hugged the ground yet again.
The game resumed after almost 10 minutes of halt and Kiranti earned the free kick post an hour mark and Bantawa´s fine take was wonderfully palmed away by Dhiraj Chettri. As the game was taking some momentum referee blew the whistle for full time much to the surprise of everyone present.
This resulted in Kiranti filing the protest application on referee´s decision that made organizer, Kurserong Gorkha Hills Sport Association, to sit in an emergency meeting on the issue.
The committee abiding the game rule and calling referee decision as final explained deteriorating weather condition forced referee to end the game early. And assured that in such an unforeseen situation proper commination will made between the referee, team management and technical desk to avoid any confusion in near future.
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