Herald: Maharashtra book summit clash with defending champions Services
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Maharashtra book summit clash with defending champions Services

12 Mar 2016 06:29am IST
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12 Mar 2016 06:29am IST

But Maharashtra regrouped fast and in the 9th minute, they should have taken the lead. Vijit Shetty followed up an Aaron D’Costa cross and with rival Sounesh at his mercy, his placement went wide.

AGENCIES, NAGPUR: Hosts Maharashtra outplayed Tamil Nadu by a solitary goal in the second semi-final to book a summit clash with defending champions Services in the 70th National Championship for the Santosh Trophy at the SEC Railway Stadium, Nagpur, on Friday.

After a barren first half, Tamil Nadu central defender Prem Kumar deflected the ball into his own net as he tried to intercept a Shakti Singh cross from the right. Maharashtra were even reduced to 10-man in injury time of the second half but eventually it didn’t matter.

Playing with a young team whose average age is around 23, Maharashtra were the better team for most of the proceedings, even though Tamil Nadu also had their chances in between.

In fact, it was Tamil Nadu who were faster off the blocks. In the 3rd minute, Soosai Raj played it behind the defence in an effort to find Tamil Nadu Striker Reagan. The latter followed it and tried to dummy rival Goalkeeper Owais Khan and wasted the opportunity in the process.



But Maharashtra regrouped fast and in the 9th minute, they should have taken the lead. Vijit Shetty followed up an Aaron D’Costa cross and with rival Sounesh at his mercy, his placement went wide.

Vijit again muffed up a photocopy of the same in the 36th minute – this time too he followed it up but placed it wide. On any other day, both would have gone in.

Changing over, Man of the Match Vijit tried his luck with a stinger from around 30 yards but Sounesh tipped it over. The resultant corner went abegging.Maharashtra eventually took the lead in the 58th minute. Defender Prem Kumar in an effort keep off a Shakti Singh cross deflected it into his own net.

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