Jamshedpur, Oct 14: Rajesh Murmu was the shining star in the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports football tournament here on Saturday as he scored a record-setting eight goals including a double hat-trick to power SS Plus 2 High School to a thumping 10-1 victory over DAV Public School in a junior boys qualifying match at the Sumanth Moolgaonkar Stadium in Telco area.
Rajesh Murmu began his and his school’s goal binge early in the third minute of the match. Schoolmate Siddu Mardi scored two goals in quick succession in the 7th and 17th minutes to take the tally to 3-0. But Mohammad Saifullah scored the solitary goal for DAV Public School in the 28th minute promising a fight back.
But Rajesh Murmu had something extraordinary in his mind as he unleashed a goal-fest singlehandedly to finish off whatever little hopes DAV Pubic may have harboured. Rajesh’s seven-goal goal spree started in the 30th minute and continued in the 34th, 36th, 37th, 40th, 45th and 48th minutes. The goal in the 45th minute was, however, was from a penalty.
In yet another Junior Boys qualifier at the same venue, UHS Khuradih defeated Samudayik Uchch Vidyalay (SUV) 4-2 in a comparatively well-fought match.
Interestingly, Dashrath Goyai had scored in the 6th minute to put SUV in the lead first. But Krishna Mardi score the equaliser in the 14th minute and the score line remained 1-1 at the breather as both sides attacked and counterattacked well.
Lal Singh – who later was declared player of the match – scored twice in the 37th and 45th minute to take UHS Kuradih to a seemingly unassailable lead of 3-1. But Sunny Topno booted in SUV’s second in the 57th minute to raise their hopes.
Karan Sardar eventually scored the fourth goal for UHS Khuradih in the dying moments (59th minute) to conclusively seal the fate of the match 4-2 in his team’s favour.
The third match at the same venue was decided through a penalty shootout after it ended in a goalless draw at regulation time. Sidhu Kanu Sikshaniketan beat Vidya Bharati HS 4-2 with Vishal Bodra, Dhanajay Samdo, Khudu Soren and Vikram Sandil scoring for Sidhu Kanu and Raja Ram Hansda and Md Kalim scoring for Vidya Bharati In the tie-breaker.
Results (qualifiers)-Junior Boys: SS Plus 2 HS bt DAV Public School 10-1, UHS Khuradih bt Sanudiayik Uchch Vidyalay 4-2, Sidhu Kanu Sikshaniketan bt Vidya Bharati HS 4(0)-2(0)