CHANDIGARH, SEPT 5 :St Stephen’s Football Academy today qualified for semi-final from Group C, hosts Chandigarh Football Academy have assured themselves a spot in the last four from group A on the fifth day of the sixth edition of the Rs 75,000+Hospitality Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament being hosted by the Chandigarh Sports Department here.
With the withdrawal of Mizoram SSA Football XI and holders Services XI due to disturbed conditions, the the group C was reduced to three teams. Formidable Stephen’s Academy, Sector 45, today expectedly routed Himachal Pradesh Football Association by a 10-1 margin. for their second successive triumph. Faman Tram Lamba and Johny Chand repeatedly pierced Johny Chand gave them lead by converting a penalty in the third minute. He scored two more goals in the 40th and 71st minute.
Ebullient striker Faman Tram Lamba was held the spotlight by scoring five goals in 25th, 27th, 35th and 47th minutes. This included his hat-trick. Rahul Anand scored one goal in the 45th minute. Himachal Pradesh scored their lone goal in the 82nd minute through Rajan Kapur.
Earlier,Indian Football Academy of Kolkata, CFA and Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy of West Bengal continued to register impressive victories. .
IFA routed Chattisgarh Football Association by 17-0; Mohun Bagan mauled Bihar Football Academy by 13-0; Chandigarh Football Academy, a venture of Chandigarh Administration, outplaye Rohit Football Academy by 6-1 and Madhya Pradesh blanked Haryana Football Association by 6-0.
Mohun Bagan scored a thumping verdict against Bihar Football Association in the group B encounter. With the withdrawal by Mahindra and Mahindra and Jammu and Kashmir, only three teams were left in their pool. Bagan are now scheduled to play Cantonment Senior Secondary School of Jalandhar on September 9 to finish their league programme. On papers, Bagan should not find any difficulty to beat the Jalandhar team and qualify for semi-final.
Their final group D match on September 7 between Indian Football Association of Kolkata and Mahilpur Football Academy of Punjab will decide the qualifier for semi-final. With today’s runaway 17-0 win against Chattisgarh Football Association, the biggest margin of the tournament so far, placed IFA in a better position if the match ends in a draw and teams split points.
Both have two victories to their credit so far. IFA have beaten Delhi Socce Association by 12-1 and Chattisgarh FA by 17-0. Their goal average is 29 in favour and one against. Mahilpur FA’s goal average is 20 in favour and have not conceded even a single goal.
Hosts Chandigarh Football Academy have virutually qualified for the semi-final from group A after recording their fourth successive victory in the six-team pool. They will round up their league phase after playing Madhya Pradesh Football Association on September 7. MP have so far played three matches. They drew with Rohit Football Academy 1-1, beat Haryana 6-0 and lost to CFA by 1-6.
Rohit Football Academy kept strong contenders CFA at bay for 25th minute. K C Lalchhuarama put CFA into the lead and five minutes late Samuel made it 2-0. Pankaj Negi, the leading scorer of CFA, then contributed two quick goals in the 32nd and 44th minutes. Gagandeep Singh (58th) and Lal Nintalunga (69th) further increased the winning margin of the local outfit.
One minute before the long whistle, Rakesh Samuel scored the lone goal for the losers.
IFA virtually faced no resistance from Chattisgarh Football Association as they demolished their rivals by 17-0. Azhruddin topscored with goals in the 16th, 83rd and 85th minutes. Silaaditya (66th, 81st) and Seladetya Seth (76th, 87th) scored two goals each.
Mohun Bagan fired 13 goals against Bihar Football Association at the Sector 17 Football Stadium. Paresh Sardar (3), Mahendrajit Singh (2), Rakesh Mettai (2), Pritam Singh (2), Saurav Chakravorty (2), Amit (1) and Gaiham Rongmei (1) were the goalgetters for the winners.
Group A: Chandigarh Football Association (KC Lalchhuarama 21st, Samuel 30th, Pankaj Negi 32nd, 44th, Gagandeep Singh 58th, Lal Nintalunga 69th) bt Rohit Football Academy, Orissa (Rakesh Samuel 89th) by 6-1.
Madhya Pradesh (Dharmendra Mishra 23rd, Nitin Rajak 38th, 65th, Prati Kanojia 42nd, 76th, Amit Khare 90th) bt Haryana Football Association by 6-0.
Group B: Mohun Bagan (Paresh Sadar 3rd, 18th, 45th, Mahendrajit Singh 23rd, 41st, Rakesh Mettai 37th, 43rd, Amit Kumar Singh 39th, Pritam Singh 55th, 67th, Saurav Chakravorty 60th, 87th, Gaiham Rongmoi 83rd) bt Bihar Football Association 13-0.
Group C: St Stephen’s Academy (Johny Chand 3rd, 19th, 40th, 71st, Faman Tram Lamba 11th, 25th, 27th, 35th, 47th, Rahul Anand 45th) bt Himachal Pradesh FA (Rajan Kapur 82nd) by 10-1.
Group D: Indian Football Association, Kolkata (Azhruddin 16th, 83rd, 85th, Bilab Bera 25th, Muzaffar Ali 30th, Diladitya Seth 44th, Andreev Verma 53rd, Sujay Dey 55th, Vikram Singh 58th, Siladitya Seth 66th, 81st, Abhijit 69th, Prabhakar Naskar 74th, Seladetya Seth 76th, 87, Hemant Toppo 89th) by 17-0..