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Assam make winning start in Santosh Trophy

State Sports Minister Ajit Singh being introduced to the players during the inaugural function of the Santosh Trophy at the Khirod Baruah Stadium, Morigaon on Sunday. - UB Photos
 MORIGAON, Jan 18 Ė Hosts Assam made a flying start in the North East Zone 69th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy.

At the Khirod Baruah Stadium, here today Assam handed a 4-0 drubbing to Arunachal Pradesh. The high light of the match was a hattrick by Suraj Mandal who scored three goals in the 32nd, added time in the first half and 60th minute respectively. Earlier, Mintu Boro put Assam 1-0 ahead in the 20th minute.

Earlier, in the opening match in morning, Manipur defeated Nagaland by 3-0 goals. Clever Hmar (9th minute), Kh Nauton Singh (45th minute) and L Gogocha (55th minute) netted one goal each for the winning team.

The championship was inaugurated by the State Sports Minister Ajit Singh in a colourful opening ceremony in the afternoon. Food and Civil Supply Minister Dr Nazrul Islam and Assam Football Association secretary Ankur Dutta were also present on the occasion as guests.

Todayís match: Tripura vs Mizoram.

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