TURA, Aug 28: Gondagre Football Club on Sunday beat a fighting Deosali Football club in the final of the Red Horns Football tournament held at the town of Tikrikilla to end the first edition of the tournament.
The tournament held over 444 days and through 67 matches ended with Gondagre winning with a 3-2 scoreline. The tournament was organized by the Red Horns Division of the army based in Tikrikilla and saw participation of 24 teams. A total of over 8000 people from various sections of the town of Tikkrilla and its neighbouring villages were witness to the final, with crowds being a major presence throughout the tournament.
The final match began at a frenetic pace with first blood being drawn by Welberth Marak in the 8th minute through a header that came from a corner to put Deosali ahead.
After the initial setback, Gondagre took control of the game through short passes and one touch play leaving huge gaps in the Deosali defense. Their controlled aggression led to three goals, first in the 35th minute by Bising Marak, second by Dinon Marak in the 58 with Gondagre rounding off their scoring in the 67th minute through Silseng Marak leaving a 3-1 scoreline going into the last 2o minutes.
Deosali managed to pull one back through Paul Marak in the 79th minute again through another corner but were unable to further inroads, leaving Gondagre the only unbeaten team in the tournament. The final scoreline was a close 3-2 in favour of Gondagre.
“The event was organized to create a sense of discipline amongst the youth as well as to provide a platform for budding talent. We were amazed at the footballing skills under display and this makes us want to make this a yearly event,” said an army spokesperson.
Aptly titled ‘Kick For a Cause’ the event also provided an opportunity to motivate the youth to join the Indian Army with the event being a huge success after more than 150 youth enrolling themselves into the pre-recruitment drive for the Indian Army.
“The success of the tournament is entirely a joint effort of the Army as well as civilian administration and locals. We thank everyone for their efforts,” said the army man.
Local MLA of Tikrikilla, Michael T Sangma was the chief guest, while the BDO of Tikrikilla along with other dignitaries from the area were witness to the final match. Prizes were distributed by Michael and Kapil to the various participants.
Gondagre went home with a purse of Rs 15,000 for winning the tournament while the losing finalists Deosali received Rs 10000 for their efforts.
Abel Sangma was chosen as the player of the tournament after scoring 13 goals.