Gangtok,Sep14 : The George Telegraph Institue Football team from Kolkatta became first team to enter semi-finals by beating Goan first division outfit Faria Strikers by scoring 2-1 in the famed 31st Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup in Gangtok.
Despite losing its key player Swapan Mandi to a red card in the first half, ten men George Telegraph team preserved its one goal lead to defeat Goan club Faria Strikers 2-1 in the last pre-match of the 31st All India Governor’s Gold Cup football tournament today here at Paljor Stadium.
Striker Mandi was earned a double booking to receive the marching orders from the referee in the 32nd minute leaving George Telegraph with only ten men.Ironically, Mandi had scored the winning goal one minute before he received the red card and both George Telegraph and Faria Strikers were locked in a 1-1 draw. He had sneaked into gap created by a slight hesitation between Faria Strikers defender and goalkeeper to score the goal for his team to make it 2-1 in the 31st minute.The Faria’s maiden venture into an outstation tournament as the only Goan club to feature in the Sikkim Cup this time came to end with this defeat.
The Goan club management deputed a 22-member team for the Sikkim tourney with Mizoram's Benjamin being the chief coach. Mervin Telles is the manager, Roselin the physiotherapist and Chandu Naik being the goalkeeper coach.Among the main players, Faria Strikers have roped in five players from Mizoram, two from Pune FC and one former Mohammedan Sporting Club player from Calcutta. Local Goan talent also represented their line-up.
Earlier, the Goan side had taken the lead in the 3rd minute when C Zothansanga scored off a rebound. This was his fourth goal in the tournament.The Goan’s side lead was shortlived as George Telegraph midfielder Pintu Prasad’s fierce shot from the edge of the box crashed into the Faria Striker’s net in the 18th minute.After losing a player to the red card, the George Telegraph played possession football in the second half and preserved its one goal advantage till the final whistle.
With this victory, the Kolkata club face defending champion Three Star, Nepal in a quarterfinal match on September 17.