Santosh Trophy: Bengal crash out21-May, 2012
In Group A action, double-defending champions West Bengal made an early exit from the 66th Santosh trophy after a goalless draw against Kerala. Bengal went all out for a win, after their loss against Maharashtra in the first round, but failed to get maximum points from the match. In another Group A match, Maharashtra's Kailash Patil scored a hattrick as they downed Punjab 5-0. Vijit Shetty and R Dâ€™souza also scored for Maharashtra.
After two victories, Maharashtra are on top of Group A with six points followed by Kerala on four points. Bengal, after their draw against Kerala, are third on the table with one point. Punjab are at the bottom of the table after consecutive losses.
Title contenders Goa scraped past Meghalaya 2-1 in Group B action. Sachin Gawas put Goa in the lead in the 57th minute only for Banshrai Sun to restore parity in the 70th minute. Gabriel Fernandes sealed the fate of the match in the 87th minute. In another Group B match, Manipur hammered six past Uttar Pradesh as Cha Thoiba Singh scored four goals and Thoi Singh and Naoton Singh scored one apiece.
Manipur and Goa both have six points, though Manipur are ahead on goal difference. Meghalaya are thrid in Group B, followed by Uttarpradesh.
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