Sreenidi Deccan FC settled for a 3-3 draw against Aizawl FC at the Deccan Arena on Sunday in the Hero I-League championship.
Captain David Castaneda scored two goals while Songpu Singsit scored the third for the Deccan Warriors.
Sreenidi took an early lead through Castaneda as he finished clinically from the edge of the box in the 4th minute. But, Aizawl hit back five minutes later through Tharpuia who headed in a rebound.
The visitor went ahead in the 29th minute as Ugandan forward Henry Kisekka got on the end of a low cross and made no mistake from close range. But Castaneda drew Sreenidhi Deccan level just before half time with a smart finish at the near post.
The second half was a much tighter affair as neither side could find a breakthrough until the later stages. Later, Songpu scored from close range to send the home fans into raptures. Aizawl FC goalkeeper was shown a red card for arguing with the match officials.
As the match drew to a close, Aizawl FC got one last opportunity to put the ball into the Sreenidhi Deccan penalty area and from the ensuing attack, Nigerian defender Emmanuel poked in the equaliser.
Sreenidhi Deccan will travel to Delhi to take on Sudeva Delhi FC in its next match on December 14.
The result: Sreenidhi Deccan FC drew with Aizawl FC 3-3.
- V. V. Subrahmanyam
Gokulam FC looks to maintain momentum
Manjeri: After regaining the winning touch at home, defending champion Gokulam Kerala FC will be aiming to maintain the momentum against visiting Rajasthan United FC in the seventh round of the Hero I league at the Payyanad stadium on Monday.
The 3-0 win over Sudeva Delhi has put Gokulam’s struggling campaign back on track and the team climbed to third position in the table with 11 points. However, Sudeva Delhi posed enough problems for Gokulam FC and the match wasn’t one-sided as the scoreline suggests.
The fourth placed Rajasthan FC will present a sterner test to Gokulam FC than the bottom placed Sudeva FC. In P.M. Britto and Aidar Mambetaliv, Rajasthan has two sharp strikers who can make life difficult for Gokulam defenders. Gokulam defence was caught napping a few times by Sudeva but survived only because of rival strikers ineptness. Gokulam cannot afford the same mistakes against Rajasthan and needs to shore up its defence to neutralise the threat of Rajasthan strikers.
For Gokulam, striker Shijin’s return to form has been encouraging. Shijin struck twice in his team’s win over Sudeva FC and will once again be the key man for Gokulam FC to exploit the weakness in Rajasthan defence. The teams have met twice before with Gokulam winning one and the other match ending in a draw.
- M R Praveen Chandran
National shotgun championship
Gurjoat Khangura and Ganemat Sekhon won a thriller shoot-off 23-22 to beat the defending champions Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Areeba Khan for the gold in mixed skeet in the 65th National shotgun championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
The Punjab pair had topped qualification with 146, one point ahead of the team from Uttar Pradesh. In the gold medal match, it was 5-5 when the shoot-off had to be executed.
It salvaged some pride for Gurjoat and Ganemat after they had missed the medals in the individual event. Anantjeet Singh Naruka and Maheshwari Chauhan for Rajasthan, and Sanjana Sood and Ishaan Singh for Haryana bagged the bronze medals.
Earlier, Arijit Singh Yadav and Raiza Dhillon had won the junior men’s and junior women’s individual skeet gold medals, after modest scores in qualification.
Mixed skeet: 1. Punjab (Gurjoat Singh Khangura, Ganemat Sekhon) 5(23) 146; 2. Uttar Pradesh (Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Areeba Khan) 5(22) 145; 3. Rajasthan (Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Maheshwari Chauhan) 6 (144), 4. Madhya Pradesh (Arjun thakur, Vanshika) 4 (131); 3. Haryana (Sanjana Sood, Ishaan Singh) 6 (132), 4. Telangana (Rashmmi Rathore, Viqar) 4 (132).
Junior mixed skeet: 1. Telangana (Munek Battula, Zahra Mufaddal) 7 (137); 2. MP (Rituraj Singh Budnela, Shivani) 3 (139); 3. Haryana (Raiza Dhillon, Ishaan Singh) 6 (132); 4. Rajasthan (Yaduraj Singh, Yashasvi Rathore) 0 (135).
Junior men skeet: 1. Arjit Singh Yadav 36 (26) 112; 2. Harmehar Singh Lally 34 (24) 118; 3. Rituraj Singh Bundela 25 (26) 118; 4. Abhay Singh Sekhon 16 (29) 118.
Junior women skeet: 1. Raiza Dhillon 36 (29) 114; 2. Yashasvi Rathore 31 (23) 114; 3. Venkat Lakshmi Lakku 24 (28) 101; 4. Mansi Raghuvanshi 12 (22) 99.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
$25,000 ITF women’s tournament
Seventh seed Humera Baharmus beat Prathiba Prasad 6-0 4-6, [10-8] in the first qualifying round of the Balaji Amines $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Divisonal Sports Complex on Sunday.
Qualifying singles (first round): Katarina Kozarov (Srb) bt Saumya Vig 6-0, 6-2; Soha Sadiq bt Vanshita Pathania 6-3, 6-4; Mananchaya Sawangkaew (Tha) bt Arthi Muniyan 6-4, 6-0; Elena Jamshidi (Den) bt Adithi Are 6-0, 6-2; Lanlana Tararudee (Tha) bt Laalitya Kalluri 6-0, 6-1; Smriti Bhasin bt Priyanshi Bhandari 7-5, 6-0; Shrivalli Bhamidipaty bt Paavanii Paathak 6-1, 6-1; Sai Samhitha bt Jostana Madane 6-1, 6-1; Jennifer Luikham bt Anjani Maheshkumar 6-2, 6-0; Teja Tirunelveli (USA) bt Kanchan Chougule 6-0, 6-0; Ines Murta (Por) bt Pragati Solankar 6-3, 6-0; Sravya Shivani bt Jagmeet Kaur 4-6, 6-4, [10-6]; Humera Baharmus bt Prathiba Prasad 6-0, 4-6, [10-8]; Gio Jang (Kor) bt Mansi Vadyala (USA) 6-1, 6-1; Sharmada Balu bt Pooja Ingale 6-3, 6-2; Shreya Tatavarthy bt Basant Kaur (USA) 6-3, 6-3.
- Kamesh Srinivasan