Kurseong Saheed Gold Cup: Kanchanjunga FC crowned champions
In the thrilling final encounter of the 3rd Kurseong Saheed Gold Cup Kanchanjunga FC defeated United Kurseong FC in tie breaker in front 7000+ crowd at Chandmari Ground, Kurseong.
Both side had fine display with attack and counter attack and UKFC had their real chance to take the lead when Satyam Sharma´s free kick found Prashant Gurung who flick inside the box that found Niwas but he could not keep the shot within the post.
Added minute of the first half saw Nagen Tamang volley found Raj Routh who tipped the ball for Tshering Golay who took the shot that was blocked.
The deadlock remains till the end of first session.
UKFC´s attack on Kanchanjunga´s area continued and 50th minute saw Prashant Gurung long ranger blocked by Atif Rashul and fell for Raj Routh whose shot was denied from the close range.
African player Ema finally ended the deadlock after he received the ball in the box and his half volley kick hit the net past Atif Rashul in the 65th minute.
UKFC got desperate for the equalizer and began holding the ball possession and kept the pressure on Kanchanjunga half line. As the home team is keeping the pressure Nagen Tamang was brought down at the edge of the box earning the free kick. Shatyam Sharma kick was headed away Niwas Rana.
Shatma Sharma equalized in 82nd minute when Prashant Gurung made a fine run from the left and before making the cross that was missed by Nagen Tamang under pressure from Nantu Majumdar but Sharma made him-self available to take the shot in an empty net.
Three minutes later KFC had golden opportunity regain the lead when Amir Lama Shot from the edge was palmed away by Atif Rashul and Pema took the ball for the shot that missed the bar by inches.
The game finally had to be taken into tie breaker to decide the champion.
Nantu Majumdar made a brilliant double save to hand victory to his team as UKFC could convert only 1 of the 4 shot they took while Kanchanjunga FC converted 3 of 4.
Nantu Majumdar was awarded with Man of the Match and Best Goalkeeper trophy. Prashant Gurung took the highest scorer award with 7 goals and Timo took the Player of the Tournament award.
Nantu Majumdar double save handed Championship title to Kanchanjunga FC......