By Utkarsh Garg
In a tense semi-final between two fierce rivals it was Jwala who emerged victorious 1-0 to advance to the finals.
Jwala started the match in fine form and attacked brilliantly. They went 1-0 up in the fifth minute itself with the help of a goal from Mohit who scored on volley from the excellent cross provided by Rohan. This set the whole ground on fire and Jwalites
started the chants of “JAI JWALA”. Kumaon tried to fight back and tried to get behind the defence with the use of long passes. However the strategy failed partially due to the lack of accuracy of the passes and partially due to brilliance to Jwala defence to trap Kumaon’s strikers offside. Jwala made another spectacular move just before half time but this time they were denied their chance by the Kumaon’s goalkeeper.
Kumaon threatened Jwala’s defence early in the second half but were never able to get past them. They also tried shooting from distance but were not able to pose any threat to the goalkeeper. 20 minutes into the second half and Jwala missed another good chance for the agility of the Kumaon’s goalkeeper who saved the shot taken from very less distance.
With the blow of the final whistle Jwalites ran onto the pitch to celebrate. Jwalites were overjoyed with the victory and chanted the phrase of “JAI JWALA” all through the way back to their hostel.
Kumaon will face Shivalik for third place while Jwala will take on Satpura in the final.