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Sikkim Premier Division League 2019 – Matchday 2

Sikkim Premier Division League 2019 – Matchday 2
Sikkim Aakraman FC and Kumar Sporting FC players line up before the kickoff of the Round Two match in the Sikkim Premier Division League at the Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.
Photo Courtesy: @AakramanXI

Sikkim Aakraman FC and State Sports Academy post big wins in the second round of the Sikkim Premier Division League, 2019. Defending champions, United Sikkim FC lose their second match in a row. 

Sikkim Aaakraman puts Kumar Sporting to the sword

Sikkim Aakraman FC posted another big win in the Sikkim Premier Division League with a big win over Kumar Sporting FC.

Coming off their huge win on matchday one, Aakraman FC lead at the halftime break at the Paljor Stadium courtesy Debashish Rai – the destroyer-in-chief of the 5-0 win over Unicorn FC in the season opener. Within 10 minutes of the second half, Sonam Tshering doubled the score to provide some breathing space for his team.

Dawa Sherpa put the result beyond doubt in the 89th minute, while Lochen Basnett put his name on the scoresheet in injury time for an emphatic 4-0 win.

Sikkim Aakraman FC are at the top of the table with six points and a healthy goal difference of +9 in two matches.

United Sikkim FC lose again

Defending champions, United Sikkim FC, suffered a second loss in as many matches at the hands of Unicorn FC.

Rapgay Lepcha was the hero for Unicorn FC with a brace to help his team bounce back from the 5-0 thrashing received on matchday one. With both teams on the attack, Lepcha put Unicorn ahead in the dying minutes of the first half.

Midway through the second half, Lepcha doubled the lead around the 70th minute. However, United Sikkim cut the deficit in half through Pelsang Lama two minutes later to make it 2-1. The Unicorn FC defense held firm to keep the defending champions at bay to collect their first points of the campaign.

United Sikkim FC faces a rampaging Sikkim Aakraman FC in the next round. A loss could see them lose their grip on the title and strengthen the latter’s claim to their first title.

The Sikkim Premier Division League table at the end of the second round.

Himalayan SC steal a point from Sikkim Police

Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club scored in the last minute to earn a point against Sikkim Police in a 1-1 draw at the Paljor Stadium. 

Sikkim Police’s Ongchuk N Sherpa scored in the 5th minute of the match. Himalayan SC, the holders of the Sir Chogyal Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup, was wasteful in their quest for the equalizer. 

The match appeared to be heading Sikkim Police’s way before the referee pointed to the spot for a foul in Sikkim Police penalty area.

Nima Lepcha converted the spot kick in the dying minutes of the match to snatch a point and earn Sikkim Himalayan SC their second draw of the campaign.

Sports Academy lads thrash Boys Club

State Sports Academy outplayed Boys Club, Gangtok 4-0 in the second round of the Sikkim Premier Division League.

State Sports Academy went into the lead midway through the first half, courtesy Karma Bhutia. The second half was one-way traffic after John Tshering Lepcha doubled the lead in the 66th minute. 

Milan Chettri and Tanchok Limboo scored in the final 10 minutes to compound Boys Club’s misery. 

The win takes State Sports Academy to second place with four points. 

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