NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (PTI): It was a very profitable day for the teams from the North East as Birjhora HS School from Assam, Government Chawngfianga Middle School from Mizoram, who are also the defending champions, and Greenwood High School, Nagaland made the quarterfinals from their respective groups in the 55th Subroto Cup football here.
In Pool D of the under-14 category, the Birjhora schoolboys defeated Bethany Convent High School (Sao Jose De Areal, Salcete) 3-0 to grab the top perch in their pool and thus qualify for the quarterfinals.
As for the quarterfinal lineup, the Nagaland team will take on NCC (Maharashtra) in the first quarterfinal on Sunday with a rest day on Saturday, while Assam boys will clash with the Mizo schoolboys in the second quarterfinal.
The match, which began a dull note, picked up momentum from the 43rd minute when Raja Brahma scored the first goal for the Assam team. As if they were on cue, Narayan struck in the very next minute to consolidate their position and seven minutes later Ahmorendra netted another goal to complete the task.
But it was Ramhlunchhunga�s brace � the first goal coming as late as in the 36th minute to be followed by another one during injury time (51) - helped the Mizoram school beat visitors from Nepal, Lok Smriti Higher Secondary School in Pool C match which earned the Chawngfianga Middle School a last eight berth.
It was a creditable display from the Mizoram boys because only a win could have seen them through to the next stage.