National Qualifiers Day 1: Headstart for Bhubaneswar
The first match of the day was in the Junior Boys Division, between Kalinga Institute of Social Science-School from Bhubaneswar and Manav Vikas High School from Jamshedpur. Kalinga started the show with a goal by Bahadula in the 8th minute. Suraj Lohar fired the equalizer for Manav Vikas just five minutes later. He scored again in the 19th minute to hand his team the lead. Kalinga tied things up right before halftime in the 28th minute with a strike from Hari. In the second half, Manav Vikas scored the third goal to take the lead in the 36th minute. Bahadula scored the third goal for Kalinga in the 40th minute to tie things up once again. The final score was tied 3-3.
The second match of the day was in the Sub-Junior Boys Division. This game was between Kalinga Institute of Social Science-School from Bhubaneswar and Kasidih High School from Jamshedpur. The game started badly for Kasidih with their player scoring an own goal in the 25th minute. Kalinga padded that lead to lead off the second half in the 37th minute from Chaku Majhi. Debaranjan Hara made it 3-0 just four minutes later. Thakur Maji added to Kasidih’s misery to finish the match 4-0 in the 51st minute. After that, there wasn’t enough time on the clock for Kasidih to mount any sort of comeback and Kalinga ended up winning the match 4-0
The third match of the day was between Kalinga Institute of Social Science-School from Bhubaneswar and St. Roberts High School. This was a School Girls fixture. Kalinga was dominating the match from minute one, but St. Roberts managed to keep up with them. Both teams were unable to score due to some stellar defense in the first half. Kalinga finally managed to score a goal with a strike from Sitamani Baskey in the 42nd minute. They padded to their slim lead with another goal just a minute later, this time scored by Arati Kisan. Those two goals seemed to do the trick for Kalinga as St. Roberts could not muster up any offense and ended up losing the match 2-0.
The fourth match of the day was between The Unique Model Academy from Imphal and Ashoknagar Vidyanagar Bani Bhaban High School from Kolkata in the Sub-Junior Boys Division. Unique started with an attacking strategy from the word go and it paid off when Meiraba hit a header into the net in the 8th minute. That was all the action in the first half. Unique went up 2-0 with a score from Suraj Laishram in the 38th minute. The pressure was rising for Ashoknagar as the clock was ticking and they still were unable to score. Anna Roy added to their trouble with a goal in the 53rd minute to put Unique up 3-0. At the final whistle, the score read 3-0 in favor of Unique as Ashoknagar could not put up any sort of offense. You can check out the match centre here.
The final match of the day was between Wangoi HR. Sec School from Imphal and Gustia Kshetranath High School from Kolkata in the Senior Boys Division. The only goal of the match was scored Satyajeet in the 7th minute on a penalty kick to put Gustia up 1-0. The second half saw no goals due to the stellar defense played by both teams. As much as the offense could do, the defense reigned supreme. Gustia’s defense was especially good at holding onto their slim lead. The match ended with Gustia winning 1-0.
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