GUWAHATI, Sept 7 - Former champions NF Railway Sports Club rallied to hold spiritted Navajyoti Club 1-1 in the RG Baruah Super Division Football League here at the Nehru Stadium today.
On an uneven pitch, Navajyoti went ahead in the 17th minute when Charles Egware beat the NF Railway custodian with a power-packed drive from top of the box.
After the break the railwaymen restored parity in the 70th minute. Sankar Sil netted the equaliser converting a spot kick. Navajyoti skipper Vanlalzuidika brought down railway striker Sibra Narzary and referee Dwijen Sarma award a doubtful penalty in favour of NF Railway SC.
After the equaliser the match witnessed a clumsy situation as players of both the teams used their muscles. Timothy Onyenka of Navajyoti and Kapil Daimary of NF Railway were sent out in the 78th minute for rough play.
The Navajyoti frontliners showed more aggression and raided the railway territory quite frequently. Gorachand Marandi played a vital role in the mid field and repeatedly fed his strikers Timothy, Charles and Dhabesh Daimary. But some good goalkeeping by Sukanta Roy rescued the NFR team on several occasions.
The NF Railway team was not in good form today and hardly could create any trouble for the opponent, particularly in the first session. However in the later part of the match they tried to build moves through Sibra, Jelendra and Sankar. Jelendra squandered a scoring opportunity in the 88th minute which was perhaps the easiest chance of the match. The leading NFR striker failed to beat the opponent goalkeeper in an one-on-one situation.
Sporting-Police share points: In the Jibeswar Goswami A Division League, Sporting Union drew 2-2 against City Police. The cops were in a comfortable position leading 2-0 till the 69th minute. But the spiritted Sporting boys made a tremendous fightback and levelled in the added time.
For City Police Hrishikesh Medhi scored both the goals in the 66th and 68th minutes respectively while for Sporting Nayan Boro (69th minute) and Hiranya Das (90+) netted one goal each.
Today's matches: GTC vs Ganga SC (Super Division); Kamrupa vs AP Blues (A Division).