Sikkim, Telangana prove too good in Swami Vivekananda U20 Men's NFC
22 Apr 2024

AIFF Media Team

NARAINPUR, CHHATTISGARH: Sikkim and Telangana were the big winners in Group H of the Swami Vivekananda U-20 Men’s National Football Championship at the Ramakrishna Ashrama Ground, in Narainpur, on Monday, April 22, 2024. Both teams won by identical 5-0 margins to take the top positions in the group. 

Pravin Dorjee stars as Sikkim blank Andaman & Nicobar

Sikkim 5 (Pravin Dorjee 3’, 56’, 82’, Pranil Gurung 73’, Roshen 87’ of)
Andaman & Nicobar 0

Sikkim put in a flawless shift in the opening Group H encounter against Andaman and Nicobar, winning 5-0 courtesy of a Pravin Dorjee hat-trick (3', 56', 82'). Dorjee's hat-trick kick-started early in the game when he capitalised on some defensive miscommunication between the Andaman defenders to volley home the opener brilliantly. 

Despite the early setback, Andaman and Nicobar did well to hold Sikkim off for the rest of the first half. It was only in the second that the floodgates truly opened. Aside from Dorjee, the other goals came via Pranil Gurung (73') and an own goal by Roshen in the 87th minute.

Telangana put Bihar to the sword

Telangana 5 (Sahil Tamang 9’, Minal Kumar 24’, Devarapalli Shyam 28’, Syed Imtiyaz Ahmed 57’, 88’)
Bihar 0

Later in the day, Telangana toyed with Bihar in the one-sided affair. They opened their scoring in the 9th minute, via Sahil Tamang, who produced a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box. The defender capitalised on an irregular wall to curl the ball into the top-right corner to give his team the lead.

Despite a heavy downpour making play difficult, Telangana completely dominated proceedings. Minal Kumar (24'), Shyam Devarapalli (28') and Syed Imtiyaz Ahmed (57,88') completed the rout.

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