Kekhrieletuo, Lima scores hat-trick as Nagaland Police stun NU Kohima Campus 7-0
Kohima, Oct. 11 (EMN): Kekhrieletuo and Lima each scored a hat-trick as Nagaland Police Red dismantled Nagaland University Kohima Campus 7-0 to enter the quarterfinals of the ongoing NSF Martyrs’ Football Trophy 2017organised by the Angami Students’ Union at the Kohima local ground on Wednesday.
In a seven-goal thriller, Nagaland Police started the match brightly and Lima opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, while Kekhrieletuo with his brilliance scored a stunner in the 6th minute through a long-range kick outside the area and doubled his score two minutes later.
NU Campus failed to breach the defense and Nagaland Police counter attacks resulted in a goal again as Lima scored his second and fourth goal for Nagaland Police in the 34th minute to make it 4-0 at the end of the first half.
But the damage wasn’t done yet as in the second half three more goals were scored by Nagaland Police with Lipoksashi heading home the 5th goal in the 37th minute and Kekhrieletuo went on to score his hat-trick in the 60th minute as he edged past the defenders to score. Lima also completed his hat-trick in the last minute to complete the rout for Nagaland Police.
NU Kohima side failed to deal with the pace of Nagaland Police as they suffered a humiliating defeat to end their saga at the tournament.
Earlier, playing the first pre-quarter match, Esii United FC Manipur defeated K.V.N.S 2-1 to enter the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In the match, Esii’s side was wasteful in the first half and was unsuccessful in their attempts to break the deadlock. K.V.N.S on the other side failed to hit the target even once and that kept both teams a goalless draw in the first half.
In the second half, Leangao managed to break the deadlock in the 42nd min for United. K.V.N.S side looking for an equaliser conceded another goal through sloppy defending as Kapani seized the opportunity to score in the 57th minute.
With just nine minutes remaining, Gideon Leo of K.V.N.S scored a stunner in the 61st minute as he scored a stunning longer range kick outside the area to pull back a goal but it was too late for the team as Esii United managed to keep the lead until the end of the final whistle.
With the win, Esii United FC Manipur will clash with Nagaland Police Red in the quarterfinals on October 16.
Thursday’s matches (pre-quarters)
Forerunners’ 4th NAP Thizama vs G. Sporting Club Dimapur at 12:30 p.m
Khyouchi FC Manipur vs Billy Graham FC