Santosh Trophy final: Bikash Thapa secures title for Services

The tournament final was decided by a solitary goal, which came in the 61st minute.

Bikash Thapa (11) sets up to shoot and put Services ahead against Punjab.   -  Twitter @IndianFootball

Services emerged the winner of the 2018-19 Santosh Trophy, with Bikash Thapa's 61st-minute strike deciding the contest. Services beat Punjab the last time these two teams met in the final of this tounament, securing the trophy in 2014-15 with a 5-4 shootout victory.


Thapa's goal was created by Lallawmkima, who got the ball on the edge of the area and squared for Thapa to slot home calmly.

Punjab had a couple of chances to score after Thapa's opener, but Services held on to win the title.

This is the sixth time Services has won the Santosh Trophy, finishing runner-up on five of the 11 occasions it has reached the final.

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