Category: Football

North Korea crush Indian women’s football team

Pyongyang, Mar 03: The Indian women’s football team suffered a 0-8 thrashing at the hands North Korea in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Monday.

North Korea were clearly the dominant side throughout the Group B match and could have won by a bigger margin if not for the heroics of India’s second choice goalkeeper Panthoi Chanu who, took the field in place of injured regular custodian Aditi Chauhan, made several superb saves.

Indian Women have been clubbed in Group B alongwith hosts North Korea, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong. India will next face South Korea.

Lok Sabha Speaker presents footballs to Members of Parliament

New Delhi, Mar 29: Members of Parliament cutting across party lines here participated with enthusiasm in the Mass Awareness Programme for promoting sports culture in the country particularly the game of football. The occasion was presentation of footballs to Members of Parliament of both Houses of Parliament by the Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan at a function today. The function was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote Mission XI Million Programme for taking football across India in the run up to FIFA U-17 Football World Cup to be hosted in October this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vijay Goel said, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is being organised in partnership with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and in order to create football culture Mission 11 Million has been initiated that aims to take football to 11 million children across India through 15000 schools and mass contact programmes. He said various activities are being organised across all states to promote and popularise the three phase programme by organising workshops and festivals etc. He said the key idea of Mission XI Million is that every child should have the opportunity to play the world’s most popular sport.

Referring to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat on 26th March 2017, Sports Minister said our Prime Minister has described the FIFA under 17 World Cup as a great opportunity for youth that can start a revolution in sports throughout the country. The Prime Minister has mentioned that whole of this year there should be an atmosphere of football in the schools and colleges all around India.

Shri Goel urged the Members of Parliament to help in spreading the message by way of organising football tournaments at villages, block and district level. He said Sports Authority of India can assist MPs in organising a programme if a SAI centre exists in their constituency. He said MPs can help in creation of Mini Clubs for local level games and competitions and by utilizing their MPLAD fund for New Sporting Hubs and festivals.

Shri Goel also said, India had a successful BRICS U-17 Football Cup in 2016 and now the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October this year will ensure that the Country becomes the bright spot in world football. He said, his ministry will continue to promote the game across schools and other institutions and help create sports culture in the country.

Santosh Trophy – Goa, Bengal share spoils; Services edge Chandigarh on day 5

New Delhi, Mar 16: West Bengal were held to a goalless draw by Goa in a group-A match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football championship at the GMC stadium, Bambolim on Thursday.

In another group-A fixture at Vasco in the same group, defending champion Services beat Chandigarh 1-0 in a hard fought match. For Services, Francis Zountlunga scored the solitary-goal in the ninth minute.

After today’s matches, West Bengal has seven points from three matches while Goa has four points from two matches.

On Friday, Kerala takes on Punjab while Maharashtra plays Railways in Group B.

Team Played Win Draw Loss Points
West Bengal 3 2 1 0 7
Goa 2 1 1 0 4
Services 3 2 1 0 7
Chandigarh 3 2 1 0 7
West Bengal 3 2 1 0 7

Full Time:

West Bengal – 0 draw Goa – 0

Services – 1 (Francis Zountlunga 9) beat Chandigarh – 0

Santosh Trophy – Bengal – Goa share points; Services win on day 5

Goa, Mar 16: Bengal strengthen their position at the top of the table following their goalless stalemate against Goa in Group A clash of the 71st Santosh Trophy at the GMC Bambolim stadium here on Thursday.

Coming on the back of two consecutive wins against Chandigarh and Services, Bengal started strongly against Goa. Bengal dominated the game, but couldn’t get past the Goan defence. Francis Zountlunga scored the winner in the 8th minute from a penalty spot. Though Chandigarh tried their best to find the equalizer, eventually it eluded them to leave the pitch empty handed.

Following the result, Bengal are at the pole position with seven points from three matches while Goa have four points from two games.

In another group A match played earlier at Tilak Maidan in Vasco, defending champions Services opened their account with a 1-0 in over Chandigarh. After today’s match, Chandigarh has three points from same number of  games while Services has three points from two matches.

Full Time:

Match 9: Services – 1 (Francis Zountlunga 8’) beat Chandigarh – 0

Match 10: West Bengal – 0 draw Goa – 0

Santosh Trophy – Kerala beat Railways; while Punjab – Mizoram play draw on day 4

Goa, Mar 15: Jobby Justin’s brace helped Kerala beat Railways 4-2 in a group B match of the 71st Santosh Trophy clash at the GMC Bambolim stadium here on Wednesday.

Railways took the lead through Rajesh Soosanayakam in the 18th minute. However, Kerala equalised within 3 minutes with Jobby Justin scoring in the 21st minute. Kerala took the lead at the stroke of half time, this time Justin scoring in the added time.

In the second half, Kerala were gifted a third goal when Railways Deepak Kachhap scored an own goal in the 63rd minute. Kerala captain Usman made it 4-1 in the 72nd minute. Railways scored another goal through Soosanayakam in the 86th minute but it came a bit too late.

In the second match of the day at Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Punjab and Mizoram played out a goalless.

Full Time:

Match 7: Kerala – 4 (Jobby Justin 21, 45+1’, Deepak Kachhap OG 63’, Usman 72’) beat Railways – 2 (Rajesh Soosanayakam 18’, 86’)

Match 8: Punjab – 0 draw Mizoram – 0

Calcutta Hockey League – 15.03.2017

Kolkata, Mar 6: CC & FC crushed Calcutta Port Trust Club 5-0 in a one sided 1st Division Group – A match of Calcutta Hockey League here on Wednesday. Anil Minz, Vivek Patel, Sushi Minz, Satan Pal and Binoy Surin all found the back of the net on one occasion each. 

In a 1st Division Group – B match, Peter Kindo’s hat trick coupled with Abdul Haque Khan’s brace helped Presidency Muslim HS brush aside Bishalakshi SA by 6-0. Vipin Kerketta also chipped in with a goal.

In a 2nd Division match, Wari AC beat Baranagore SC 2-0. Avijit Karmakar and Moloy Raha found the target for Muslim Institute.

Calcutta Hockey League is being organised by Bengal Hockey Association. Calcutta Hockey League matches are being played at Mohun Bagan Ground and BHA Ground.

Final Score:

1st Division Group – A:  CC & FC – 5 beat Calcutta Port Trust Club – 0

1st Division Group – B: Presidency Muslim HS – 6 beat Bishalakshi SA – 0

2nd Division: Wari AC – 2 beat Baranagore SC – 1

Santosh Trophy – Mizoram and Punjab emerge victorious on day 2

Goa, Mar 13: 2014 champions Mizoram started their campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Maharashtra in a group B match played at the GMC Bambolim Stadium.

V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng’s 8th minute goal gave Mizoram early lead. In the 12th minute Under-21 player Rahul Das’ goal helped Maharashtra draw parity. Lalfakzuala’s goal in the 44th minute ensured that the north-eastern side went into half time leading 2-1. In the 51st minute, F Lalrinpuia scored the third goal for Mizoram.

In the second match of the day played at Rosary Ground in Navelim, Punjab defeated Railways 2-1. Under-21 player Manvir Singh’s 16th minute goal ensured that Punjab went into the break leading 1-0. In the second half Railways tried to draw parity and their efforts bore fruit aswell when in the Rajesh Soosanayakam scored in the 59th minute. However, Railways’ joy was short lived as Rajbir Singh’s goal put Punjab back in lead.

Final Score:

Match 3: Mizoram – 3 (V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng 8’, Lalfakzuala 44’, F Lalrinpuia 51’) beat Maharashtra– 1 (Rahul Das 12’)

Match 4: Punjab – 2 (Manvir Singh 16’, Rajbir Singh 60’) beat Railways 2-1 (Rajesh Soosanayakam 59’)

71st Santosh Trophy – Bengal and Goa start campaign with wins

Goa, Mar 12: Substitute SK Faiaz scored a late goal to guide West Bengal to a 1-0 win against Chandigarh in their opening match of the 71st Santosh Trophy Football tournament here at Navelim on Sunday.

The lone goal came in the 90th minute when Sannik Murmu found substitute Faiaz with a through pass, the latter made no mistake in beating the goalkeeper with a low shot to the far corner of the net.

In another match, hosts Goa began their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Meghalaya. All the three goals came within a four minute spell. Both the teams were unable to score in the first half.

Latesh Mandredkar broke the deadlock for Goa in the 49th minute and Loston Colaco doubled the advantage 2 minutes later. Enestor Malngiang scored from a free kick in the 53rd minute to pull one back for Meghalaya.

Goa, Services, Chandigarh, Bengal and Meghalaya has been included in Group A while  has been included in Group B comprises of Kerala, Punjab, Mizoram, Maharashtra and Railways.
Full Time:

West Bengal – 1 (SK Faiaz 90′) beat Chandigarh – 0

Goa – 2 (Latesh Mandredkar 49′, Loston Colaco 51′) beat Meghalaya – 1 (Enestor Malngiang 53′)

Hero I-league 2017 – East Bengal suffer Chennai shock

Chennai, Mar 13: East Bengal’s title hopes suffered a setback after they suffered a shock 1-2 defeat against Chennai City FC in a 14th round of Hero I-League encounter here at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.

East Bengal dominated the first half with the goal coming in the 42nd minute. Rahul Bheke ran down the right flank to deliver a perfect cross for Plaza to powerfully nod home beating the Chennai custodian Karanjeet Singh.

Chennai equalised in the 57th minute through Nandhakumar. His straight shot towards the goal went through the legs of East Bengal’s shot-stopper Rehnesh.

The winner for Chennai.came against the run of play in the second minute of the stoppage time when Charles Desouza exploited the space down the left to enter into the box but his shot was saved by Rehnesh. Prasanth took advantage of the rebound and placed it behind the net.

The loss meant East Bengal remain second in the points table with 27 points from 14 matches while Chennai jump to 8th position with 13 points from 14 games.

Final Score: Chennai City FC – 2 (Nandhakumar 57′,  Prasanth 90′)) beat Kingfisher East Bengal FC – 1 (Willis Deon Plaza 42′)

Hero of the match: Karanjeet Singh

Hero I-League 2017: Shillong hold Churchill to a goalless draw

Vasco, Mar 13: Churchill Brothers were held to a goalless draw by Shillong Lajong FC in a 14th round Hero I-League fixture at Tilak Maidan here on Sunday.

Having registered successive wins in their last three matches, Churchill Brothers SC were expected to put up yet another impressive performance against Shillong Lajong and stretch their winning run to four. But that was not to be as their key players failed to convert their chances into goals that saw Derrick Pereira-coached side being held to a goalless draw

First, Anthony Wolf won the ball from Lajong defender and took a shot which hit the post,and off the rebound Ansumana Kromah’s strike was saved by Lajong Keeper.

In the 29th minute,a long distance shot from Brandon Fernandes brushed off the crossbar. Lajong FC failed to create one clear chance in the first half.

In the 2nd half, Lajong looked more organised as they created more chances but couldn’t find the goal.

Churchill remain sixth in the points table with 16 points from 14 matches,While Lajong are at fourth with 20 points from 13 matches.

Final Score: Churchill Brothers – 0 draw Shillong Lajong FC – 0