Mohammedan Sporting Club entered the final of the 36th All India Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup beating Sikkim Aakraman FC 3-1 in the second semifinal of the competition at Paljor Stadium in Sikkim on Tuesday.
The Black Panthers have made it to the final of Sikkim’s most prestigious football competition for the first time after a gap of 25 years.
Mohammedan Sporting began on an aggressive note initially with better all round footballing skills. But a few errors here and there denied them the lead in the first half.
After change of ends, Mohammedan SC pulled ahead when skipper Rana Gharami (51st) slotted home a Atinder Mani cross. However, their joy did not last long as Thupden Bhutia (64th) restored parity for Sikkim Aakraman FC from the spot.
In the remainder of the game, both teams wasted opportunities to take the match to the extra time where substitues Parminder Singh (93rd0 and Dipendu Biswas (107th) scored in either halves of extra time to ensure a spot in the finale for the Black Panthers.
Mohammedan Sporting will now take on Nepalese club Jhapa XI in the grand finale on Thursday at 13.30 IST.
(Mohammedan Sporting Club Press Release)