126th Durand Cup: ONGC edge past Indian Navy to reach finals

ONGC edge past Indian Navy(in Blue/White) in the second Semi Finals of the 126th Durand Cup

126th Durand Cup Semi Finals
ONGC 1-0 Indian Navy
ONGC: Henry Ezeh(53rd)

ONGC entered the Durand final for the first time, when they ousted tenacious Indian Navy 1-0 in the second semi final of the 126th edition of the tournament here today. The match was scored by dashing striker Henry Ezeh, following a melee. In the final ONGC will meet mighty Mohammedan Sporting at the Ambedkar stadium.

The final match will be played under floodlights and will start at 1745hrs. The Chief Guest on the occasion will be the Honourable Raksha Rajya Minister, Mr. Jitendra Singh. The match will be telecast live on DD Sports channel.

Both ONGC and Indian Navy played a well contested semi final match.  Indian Navy dominated possession but could penetrate ONGC’s well organized defence. ONGC used a lone striker, the Nigerian Henry Ezeh, with ample support from new recruit Lavino Fernandez from the flanks.

Lavino’s cross from the left in the 53rd led to a goalmouth scramble. Ezeh flicked into the net, as Indian Navy’s defenders struggled to clear the ball. Despite Navy’s constant pressure this proved to be the decisive goal. In the 79th minute, ONGC’s ace defender Karan Atwal was dismissed by referee Ratheesh Kumar, when he was shown his second yellow card. But ONGC re-organised their defence and held on to enter the final. Atwal will now miss the final.

ONGC face Mohammedan SC in the finals of the 126th edition of the tournament on 19th September. Kick-off is scheduled at 17:45 IST.
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