Santosh Trophy Round-up: Goa bow out of the competition

Five-time champions were sent packing as they failed to make it into the semi-finals…

Goa were handed a footballing lesson by Railways as the latter thrashed them 3-0 at the Kachenjunga Stadium, Siliguri on Wednesday.

Railways started the better of the two sides and had as many as eight corner-kicks in the first 18 minutes.  They got their reward eventually in the 19th minute when Dipankar Das rose highest to head home from a Chayaram Basumatary delivery from a corner.

Goa were unlucky as the woodwork came to Railways’ rescue on a couple of occasions. However Railways made them pay for those missed and doubled their lead in the 84th minute through Sushil Kisku. S. Rajesh made it 3-0 soon after and it could have been worse for Goa had goalkeeper Regan Juliao not saved a spot-kick by Sushil Kisku in the closing stages.

In another game, Tamil Nadu were downed 1-0 by West Bengal with Nilkanta Paria scoring the winner. The southern state had a couple of chances in the first half hour but goalkeeper Suvan Sen was at his best as he saved the impending danger.

In the 88th minute, a long ball by Bijoy Mandi saw Paria score the lone goal of the tie.

Tamil Nadu shall face Mizoram, the winners of Group in the first semi-final on Friday while Railways are line-up against Maharashtra in the final four.

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