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Underdogs Patli lift 2018 Union Cup

Emdad Rahman:

The return of the much anticipated Jagannathpur Union Cup saw a number of East London teams compete with their national counterparts for the right to be named annual champions.

Jagannathpur is located in Sunamgonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh and this is the third year in a row that the members have organised their showpiece annual tournament.

The festival is held to bring the community together and also serve as a squad selection camp for the Sonali Othith Greater Sylhet Cup.

A tight final saw 2017 winners Syedpur  Sharpara lose 1-0 to shock outsiders Patli.

In the semi finals Sharpara beat Jagannathpur Poroshova whilst Asharkhandi were defeated by Patli with the victors proceeding to the final with 1-0 wins. Both winners were scored from the spot during normal time.

Despite a regional trophy there was a massive turnout of over 300 people.

Chairman Bokul Hussain said: “We had another fantastic day and these annual get togethers are really helping us unite through football. Congratulations to Patli on a great win and thank you everyone for attending.”

Right after captain fantastic Suhel Miah had lifted the winners trophy jubilant Patli manager Joshim Uddin spoke: “I particularly enjoyed this win because we were such complete underdogs. But we had belief and togetherness and I’m really pleased to say we are the champions.”

Khoyrul Shaheed from the Human Relief Foundation – the Patli team sponsor concluded: “We are delighted to have been a part of a splendid day out where we met old friends and made new ones. Human Relief Foundation firmly believe that the best way forward is to get the community involved to help achieve great things. As far as I am concerned everyone here today is a winner.”

Jagannathpur Union Cup 2018,

Winners: Patli Union

Participants:   Ranigonj Union , Syedpur Shaharpara Union , Asharkhand Union , Jagannathpur Poroshova, Mirpur Union ,  Pailgow Union