Gangtok, 30 Oct:
Manang Marsyangdi Club, Nepal has also secured its berth in the semi-final round of the ongoing 38th All India Governor’s Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2018 here at Paljor Stadium. In the last quarter-final match on Tuesday, MMC outplayed Calcutta Customs 4-2 to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.
As always, the Nepal team got good local crowd support throughout the match. With an attacking start, Bimal Rana scored an early lead for MMC in the 12th minute. However, MMC could not hold the lead for long as its defender, Muhammad Asif scored an own goal in the 28th minute while trying to kick the ball away from the goalpost.
Calcutta Customs also maintained good pressure on the Nepal side but missed many chances to net the goal and the first half ended in 1-1 draw.
In the early minutes of the second half both teams missed some good opportunities to take the lead. BimalRana completed his brace in the 65th minute to take the lead of MMC to 2-1 but soon Rakesh Dhara scored a beautiful equaliser for Calcutta Customs in the 72nd minute.
Sujal Shrestha extended the lead of MMC to 3-2 in the 84th minute and his brace in four minutes injury time sealed the 4-2 victory of MMC, Nepal.
MMC Nepal will now take on ISL team, ATK Kolkata [Reserve] in the second semi-final match of the tournament on 01 Nov.
On Wednesday, the first semi-final match will be played between home team, Sikkim Aakraman Football Club and Army [Red] at 2 p.m.