Services eke out slender win in Santosh Trophy

June 3rd, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, June 3 (IANS) Services scraped through to a 1-0 win against Maharashtra to pick up three points from their Group B quarter-final league outing in the 63rd National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here Wednesday.
Maharashtra defender Anas Edathodika committed a blunder in the 12th minute when he fouled Services skipper Shaji D’Silva inside the box leading to a penalty that Laldingliana converted for the only goal of the match.

The incident apart, there was little by way of excitement with Maharashtra apparently groping in the dark and the Services looking good only in patches.

Both made several promising forays but with similar results as neither set of forwards came anywhere close to scoring.

Maharashtra had their chances on a few occasions, but Services goalkeeper Robikanta Singh was alert enough to nip the threat in the bud with timely interceptions.

At the other end, the Services, runners-up to Punjab last year, put together some threatening moves and looked good enough to add to their tally, but efficiency was hardly the watchword at the all-important end.

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