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Big win for Sesa

NEW DELHI: Israil Gurung led Sesa Football Academy (Goa) to a resounding 7-1 victory over Simla Youngs (Delhi) in the ONGC second division football league here on Monday.

The win put Sesa on 12 points from five matches and the Goan side is now assured of a place in the final round of the qualifying competition.

Gurung struck four times in his team's thumping victory. His speed, agility and deft passing left the rival team guessing and he proved to be a constant threat to the Delhi side.

The first half of the match yielded just one goal when Gurung scored in the 14th minute. Sesa's defenders easily handled the attempts by Simla Youngs to get the equaliser.

The second half witnessed a goal spree as the Goan team made consistent attacks through either flank. Seven minutes after the interval, Gurung made it 2-0. In the 62nd minute Gabriel Fernandes gave the Goan team a 3-0 lead.

The local team, hopelessly placed, made some attempts through G. Kamei and Ugochukwu Ogbuka but instead they conceded another goal in the 65th minute when Gagandeep Singh made it 4-0.

In the 77th minute Sesa made a good, combined move that resulted in Jaiganesh Goltekar scoring to give his team an invincible 5-0 lead.

Gurung scored again in the 82nd minute against a tiring Simla Youngs. The solitary goal for the Delhi team came two minutes later when Ugochukwu's long-range shot found the mark.

Gurung rounded off his tally when he beat the defenders through sheer speed to score his fourth and the team's seventh goal.

Sesa plays Indian National in its last match on April 14. Simla Youngs has four points and a match in hand — against Amity United (six points).

Indian National has three points while ONGC (Mumbai) has 10. ONGC will play New Delhi Heroes (seven points) in its last match. The top two teams qualify for the next round.

Malabar United qualifies

At Bangalore, Malabar United survived a late resurgence from State Bank of Travancore, Thiruvananthapuram, to move to the top of the second division group ‘A' table and virtually seal its place in the final round.

At the Football stadium here on Monday, under an overcast sky and to a near-empty stand, Malabar United, easily the pick of the teams in this group with its speed and individual brilliance, snatched a 2-1 win to remain unbeaten and log 11 points from five outings, with three wins and two draws.

The results:

At New Delhi: Sesa FA 7 (Gurung 4, Gabriel Fernandes, Gagandeep Singh, Jaiganesh Goltekar) bt Simla Youngs 1 (Ugochukwu) .

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