Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar to be in Doon for Uttarakhand Super League Semifinals
The Indian cricket team’s affection for football is well known and the semi final matches of the Uttarakhand Super League on 6th August will witness Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar in attendance. Started on the lines of ISL (Indian Super League), the league has given a great platform for the youth of Uttarakhand to hone their football skills. Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar will be the Chief guest and Guest of Honor respectively for the first semi final on 6th August to be played in Pavilion Ground, Dehradun.
Uttarakhand Super League: Semi-Final Matches
1st Semi-Final: Dehradun Capital Rangers vs Pauri Platoons
Dehradun Capital Rangers-the most expensive team of USL has lived up to its reputation, winning their matches quite comprehensively. Bala Al Hassan of DCR has been one of the top goal scorers of the tournament and is in contention for the golden boot. Barring a few drawn games due to washout in the initial stages of the league, Dehradun Capital Rangers have been virtually unplayable. Their biggest win came in the league stages against Tehri Lions- an 8-0 rout. In fact such has been the dominance of Dehradun Capital Rangers this season that they are the only team that is undefeated this tournament.
Facing a rampaging Dehradun Capital Rangers is Pauri Platoons who were all but knocked out in the last round. After a 0-5 thrashing against Pithoragarh Panthers the team showed resilience and defeated Bageshwar FC Kafals and Haridwar Ganges to secure a semi final berth.
Head-to-Head: Dehradun Capital Rangers and Pauri Platoons have met once with DCR coming out on top 2 goals to 1.
2nd Semi-Final: Pithoragarh Panthers vs Nainital FC Lakes
Crowd favorite Pithoragarh Panthers have been nothing short of sensational in this tournament. After losing their very first USL match against Bageshwar FC Kafals the team never looked back winning 8 games in a row. Chepko with 10 goals is the tournament’s highest goal scorer.
Naintal FC Lakes on the other hand have been the dark horse of the tournament. They have been hot and cold throughout the tournament but have come out on top in the crucial stages.
They opened their USL 2016 campaign in style with a 5-1 rout over a hapless Udham Singh Nagar Warriors. Nainital FC Lakes will be looking to settle a score with Pithoragarh Panthers who had blanked them 3-0 when the teams last met in the group stages.