Gangtok, 12 Aug:
Sikkim Aakraman Football Club has powered its way into the finals of the Independence Day Football Tournament for the Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup 2018 here at Paljor Stadium.
In a contesting first semi-final match played today, Sikkim Aakraman FC edged past United Sikkim Football Club 03-02 in extra time.
The first half of the match ended in a goalless draw.
In the second half, Sonam Tshering Bhutia booted a lead for Sikkim Aakraman in the 51st minute and then Sonam Zangpo scored the equaliser for USFC in the 68th minute to finish full time of the match level at 01-01.
In the initial minutes of extra-time, Subash Gurung extended the lead for Sikkim Aakraman FC to 2-1 in the 92nd minute, but in the very next minute, Karan Rai scored the equaliser for United Sikkim FC.
Tenzing Tsephel scored the winning goal for Sikkim Aakraman FC in the 95th minute to seal a 3-2 victory.
The second semi-final match will be played between Army XI Lucknow and ASC Bangalore on Monday.