Gangtok, Nov 3
Another home team has secured its berth in the quarter-final round of the ongoing 39th All India Governor’s Gold Cup Football Tournament 2019 here at Paljor Stadium. In the third pre quarter-final match played on Sunday, Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club has edged past Eastern Railway Sports Club, Kolkata 2-1. Another home team, Sikkim Police is already in the quarter-final round by defeated BSS Sporting Club, Kolkata in the second pre quarter-final match yesterday.
The home team has maintained a pressure on the opponent with continuous attacks from the start but could not able to convert any chance into the goal in the first half. Eastern Railway players also made some good attacks and finished the first half with 1-0 lead with a goal by its player, Binod Yadav in the 44th minute.
In the second half, Sanjay Chettri converted a direct free-kick into the equaliser for Sikkim Himalayan SC in the 52nd minute. Soon, the referee offered a penalty shot to the home team in the 68th minute for a rough tackling in D-box area, which was successfully converted into the lead for Sikkim Himalayan SC by Uttam Rai.
In return, Eastern Railway players played their hearts out to bounce back into the match but could not able to score any further goal in the match. With 2-1 win, Sikkim Himalayan SC entered into the quarter-final round of the tournament.
Now, Sikkim Himalayan SC will take on Durand Cup 2019 champion, Gokulam Football Club, Kerala in the third quarter-final match on 07 November.
The last pre quarter-final match will be played between Kidderpore Sporting Club, Kolkata and Army Red on Monday.