Stephen stars in Karnataka’s win

Published: 13th February 2013 10:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2013 10:10 AM   |  A+A-


A superb hat-trick from V Stephen saw Karnataka drub minnows Daman & Diu 4-1 in their second Cluster B encounter in the 67th Santosh Trophy national football championship at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Tuesday.

This is Karnataka’s second  straight win. Daman & Diu’s solitary goal came from Sachin Kumar D Mangela in the 49th minute.

Karnataka started their campaign on a positive note and mounted pressure on the Daman & Diu defense. Karnataka’s first chance came in the 15th minute folowing a bout of exchanges between Edwin Goshula and  T Amoes. However the latter’s right footer went awry. Three minutes later Rajesh S,  missed converting a fine pass from G Vignesh. Continuing to press hard Rajesh made amends  in the 24th minute. With fine anticipation he headed home a cross from the right.

The Daman and Diu defence was tested time and again by the striking trio of Amoes-Stephen-Rajesh. Daman & Diu’s custodian Pulkit Rajan Mehta diligently parried several shots at the goal before he was beaten in 39th minute by Stephen’s header off a corner kick taken by M Lokesh.

At the fag end of the first half, Karnataka had a couple of chances but failed to capitalise.

In  the second half  Daman & Diu tried desperately to reduce the margin and finally succeeded in the 49th minute off their very first worthwhile move. Sachin Kumar D Mangela connected a corner kick to make 1-2.

Daman’s  hopes of a fightback was shattered when Stephen scored his second goal in the 64th minute.  He made the best off a feeble return by Pulkit.

Stephen completed  his hat-trick five minutes before close off a short pass from substitue V Vinoth to seal Daman & Dia’s fate.

HP Salvage Draw

In the other match of Cluster B, 10-men Himachal Pradesh came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against Arunachal Pradesh. 

Techi Takar converted a penalty to put Arunachal in front just before half-time. A few minutes later, Likang Bungung  made it 2-0. Himachal made it 1-2  in the 75th minute through Chandan Kumar’s volley and the equaliser came off a spot kick scored by Kulbir Singh.

On Wednesday, Gujarat will play Jharkhand while Nagaland take on Chandigarh.

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