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Mohun Bagan and Sambhalpur through to semis

ONGC Himachal Pradesh Football Festival

Mohun Bagan and Sambhalpur Football Academy confirmed their semi-final place in the ONGC Himachal Pradesh Youth Football Festival with both registering comfortable wins on Friday here at the Chaugan ground.

Mohun Bagan thrashed SAI Football Academy, Kangra by 13-0 while Sambhalpur FA run riot DPS Solan, defeating them 3-0.

For Mohun Bagan, Satyajit Roy bagged a hat-trick as he pumped in 4 goals, three of them coming in a span of 10 minutes. Deepankar scored another four goals today to take his overall tally to 8 while Ferozuddin Mollah took his tally to 6 by scoring 3 goals today. Sanchayan and Mahadev also got their name on the score sheet.

For the Odisha side, who were given a tough fight by DPS Solan, Sukhlal Basra opened their account in the 9th minute before Kamaljit doubled it in the 25th minute. Change of end saw Sukhlal adding one more to take his overall tally to four goals in the tournament.

On Thursday, Prayag United SC also started their campaign on a thumping note, trouncing Dynamic Soccer Academy, Jhanda Sahib 6-0. Vivek Paul and Subroto Mall scored a brace in the first half and the second half respectively while Surjit Barman and Sandeep scored one each in each half.

However, Pune FC had a disappointing start as they succumbed to 0-5 defeat against Mahalpur Football Academy, Punjab under floodlights. Sanjay made it 1-0 just at the stroke of half-time. But after the lemon break, the Punjab team came all out attacking with Gurpreet scoring the second goal in the 34th minute before Sanjay got his 2nd goal. In the dying minutes, Jitender scored a brace to make the scoreline an embarrassing 5-0 against Pune FC.

On Saturday, Calicut FA will meet SAI Kangra in the first round while Yamuna Nagar FA and DPS Solan will face off post lunch. In the evening, Pune FC will play DFA Solan as the floodlight match has been reserved for the host DFA Sirmour and Dynamic Soccer Academy.

(Himachal Pradesh Football Association Press Release)