Usha, Abahani, Ajax and Sonali in semi-final
MAHTAB UDDIN : Usha KC humiliated Ajax SC to secure the semi-final berth as the group-A champion earned an emphatic 10-1 victory over Ajax in the day’s first match and Abahani Ltd. defeated Sonali Bank SRC by 2-0 goals in the second match of the day.
Abahani Ltd. secured their position in the semi-final as group-B champion and Sonali Bank SRC from the same group moved to semi final as well maintaining runners up position.
In the first match Usha showed their rhythmic performance against Ajax SC netting 10 goals. Mainul Islam Kowshik forward of Usha KC scored four including a hat-trick. Usha netted their five of ten goals in the first half and the rest in the second half.
Forward Mamunur Rahman Chayon scored the first one for Usha in the 4th minute from a penalty corner. Though, in the 6th minute Nurunnobi Rupom equalised the score for Ajax, it was not enough to help the team to win the match. Forward Krishna Kumar, Maksud Alom Habul, midfielder Arshad Hossen and Mainul Islam Kowshik netted four goals before the break.
Ushas’s galore of goal dumped Ajax SC significantly in the second half of the match. The total control over the match was grabbed by Usha in the second half of the match. Jahid Bin Talib shuvo scored the sixth one from a penalty corner in the second half. In the 40th minute Rimon Kumar Ghosh netted the seventh one for Usha. Forward Mainul Islam Kowshik of Usha catalogued a hat-trick. Ajax SC failed to score anymore till the end.
In the second match between Abahani Ltd. and Sonali Bank SRC, Abahani defeated Sonali by 2-0 goals. It was a challenging match for both as both the teams were equally skilful though it was decided earlier that both have moved into the semi.
The first half was not that interesting as both team played defensive. But in the second half, Abahani Ltd. secured their place as the group championship in the semi-final. In the 46th minute Abahani’s forward Khorshedur Rahman netted the first goal and in the 66th minute and Hasan Zubaer Niloy scored the second one. Sonali Bank SRC were not able to balance the score.
First semi between group-B champion Abahani Ltd. and group-A runner up Ajax SC at 12.30 PM.
Second semi between group-A champion Usha KC and group-B runner up Sonali Bank SRC at 2.30 PM at Moulana Bhasani National Hockey stadium.