LUDHIANA, April 19: Punjab made it through to their 15th Santosh Trophy final on Friday at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana, beating traditional rivals Goa by a 2-1 margin.
Harjinder Singh scored the winning goal on this occasion to put the home side into the final. Punjab started off the match with great gusto plunging into the attack from the word go. The home side was heavily reliant on its wide players Sunny and Jaspreet Singh. Both the wide players toiled hard to generate swift attacks, aiming the ball at the heavily-marked striker Vikrant Singh.
However, it was Jaspreet, who sneaked into the box from the right, and nodded in a cross from the left flank to put Punjab in the lead in the 12th minute.
The Goans were shell-shocked, but they picked up the pace soon. Their striker Lallawmpuia dropped deep to get more involved in the build-up play, which helped them gain more possession over the ball.
A foul near the Punjab penalty area towards the end of the first half gave the Goans the perfect opportunity to score the equaliser. However, 19-year-old Lallawmpuia looped his free-kick a couple of feet over the bar. Goa finally got the breakthrough with a minute of regulation time left through substitute Ronaldo Oliveira.
It took Punjab just a couple of minutes to get their lead back through Harjinder. � PTI