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New Market XI into Classic Cup semis

New Market XI into Classic Cup semis
New Market’s Johnny Ritse (2nd from left) in action against FC Pochury players. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA NOV 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/18/2019 9:53:53 AM IST

Two time champions New Market XI entered the semi-finals of the ongoing 25th Classic Cup 2019 after defeating last year semi-finalist FC Pochury in the third quarterfinal played here at Kohima local ground on Monday.

New Market’s striker Johnny Ritse made the difference between the two teams as he scored the only goal for New Market XI to send the team through. Up next, New Market will play against the winner the last quarterfinal match between Sechu Zubza FC and United Falcon Club Medziphema in semi-final round 

In the match, FC Pochury made a better start in the first half of the game but were unable to convert their opportunities into goals. New Market defence stood tall as they were able to control the tempo of the game without conceding any goals.  New Market team on counter attacks got the best chance through Gideon Leo when he came one on one with the keeper but fired his shot straight to the keeper in the 29th minute, as the first half ended in a goalless draw.

New Market had plenty of chances in the second half, but their clinical finishing was missing with Johnny Ritse missing host of opportunities to find the back of the net. But in the 60th minute, he made no mistake to curl the ball into the net.

Pochury team fought back to put pressure on the opponent team but was undone in the midfield area as they failed to connect with the strikers to find the equaliser. New Market managed to hold on the lead till the end of the final whistle to win the match.

Today’s match

4th QF: 2: 00 pm 

Sechu Zubza FC vs 

United Falcon Club

 

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