Asim's late goal gives Tollygunge victory

Substitute Asim Biswas' last minute goal helps Tollygunge Agragami carve out a 2-1 victory over JCT Mills in a National Football League match.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Substitute Asim Biswas' last minute goal helped Tollygunge Agragami carve out a 2-1 victory over JCT Mills in a National Football League match at the Salt Lake stadium here today. The talented Biswas produced the match-winning goal just at the stroke of the long whistle to seal the fate of the spirited millmen after both teams were locked 1-1 till the dying minutes of the game. The hard-working Akim fetched the equaliser for the home team midway through the opening session after Hardeep Gill had put the Punjab outfit in the lead as early as the 10th minute of the contest. Tollygunge, who won their last match against F C Kochin by a solitary goal, enjoyed territorial advantage for most part of the contest and were unlucky not to emerge victorious by a bigger margin. Desperate to improve their position on the points table, JCT began with a flourish and managed to forge ahead in the 10th minute of the contest through a brilliant effort by Hardeep Gill who capitalised on a defensive lapse. But the home team managed to neutralise the lead eleven minutes later when Akim, fed by a gentle pass by striker Moses Owira, placed the ball into the net with none of the defenders in position. The JCT custodian Arvind Kumar charged out to narrow the angle but Akim was equal to the task and gave his team the equaliser. The teams, who were locked 1-1 at the lemon break, played their hearts out to break the deadlock until substitute Asim Biswas stole the limelight with his last minute heroics much to the relief of Tollygunge's new coach Aloke Mukherjee. Biswas pierced through the defence with deft footwork and placed the ball to the right of the advancing JCT custodian. With this hard-fought victory, Tollygunge moved a few rungs higher on the points table having earned 12 points from 10 matches while JCT continued to languish at the bottom half with just five points from as many outings. JCT were reduced to ten players midway through the opening session when one of their key players Stephen was given marching order for a nasty foul on Tollygunge Aggragami's Sandip Das. But despite being one man short, the millmen fought back gallantly and could have turned the table on the home team had their forwards not muffed a couple of scoring opportunities. (PTI)