ICF edges out Sathyabhama

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Puducherry, Sep 23 (UNI) Integral Coach Factory(ICF) Chennai, edged out Sathyabhama University Club, Puducherry 4-0 in the south zone qualifying round match of the 30th Federation cup football championship here today.

ICF, with short passes and brilliant ball control shot into the lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Dhadeus tapped the ball into the net capitalising a defence lapse.

Though, Sathyabhama made some forays in to the rival citeda, their forwards were wayward in shooting and could not penetrate the tight ICF defence. On the other hand, ICF on a counter raid found the net when Suresh Kumar found the net with a fine header to increase the score 2-0 in their favour in the 20th minute. An unmarked Suresh Kumar again found the net in the 40th minute (3-0) and Johny completed the tally in the 43rd mnute to make it 4-0 in favour of ICF at lemon break.

The second half saw Sathyabhama playing vigorously and tightened their defence to prevent the rivals into their danger area.

Thereafter the play was mostly confined to midfield. However, Sathyabhama university managed to protect its citedal in the second session of the game.

Titanium, Thiruvananthapuram will play Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) Bangalore tomorrow.

As both the winner and runner up in the qualifying round matches here would enter the second round, ICF with this victory had booked a place in the second round and entered the finals. ICF will meet the winner of tomorrow's match on September 26.


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