GUWAHATI, July 16 � Dominating the proceedings from the kick off itself, fancied Green Valley Sports Club outplayed Gauhati Town Club 3-0 to emerge champions in the Premier Agro Bio-Tech NN Bhattacharjya Football Tournament here at the Nehru Stadium today.
Nigerian Michel Lucky Kelechukwu, who was adjudged best player of the tournament, drew first blood in the 38th minute while veteran Sanjeeva Ronpi�s brace, in the 82nd and 86th minutes, made the scoreline 3-0.
Town boys today could not maintain the cohesion which was needed in a crucial match. Although their passes were accurate they failed to build planned moves throughout the course. Tomba Singh and Dipak Sharma tried to control the midfield toiling hard but their frontliners, Rakesh Sonowal, Tapan Kalita and John Sonowal, failed to make head way to the Green Valley goal area.
But the Green Valley attackers � Chayaram Basumatary, George Prince and Michel � were always on their toes and made the Town defenders run for their money. They also got adequate support from Shabir Ali, Bijoy Borgohain and Apurba Phukan from the middle.
Adopting attacking tactics from the word go, Green Valley made repeated forays and kept the Town defenders busy. Finally, they got the result when gamemaker Chayaram Basumatary centred the ball from the left flank. George set the ball for Michel who headed home to break the deadlock.
Coming as a substitute for George in the 75th minute, Sanjeeva struck twice anticipating passes from Chayaram. Chayaram sent measured throughs to Sanjeeva who kept his cool and gently pushed home on similar situations.
State PHE Minister Gautam Roy was the chief guest on the occasion. He also offered Rs 1 lakh to Guwahati Sports Association (GSA), the organising of the championship. MLA Robin Bordoloi, AFA president Hemendra Nath Brahma, secretary Ankur Dutta, joint secretary Plabon Baruah, donor Biren Kalita were present as guests.
The champion team received Rs 6,000 along with the NN Bhattacharjya Trophy while the runners-up team got Rs 4,000 along with the Simantajyoti Dutta Kalita Trophy. Michel was awarded the Ramendra Narayan Bhattacharjya Trophy and Rs 5000 as best player.