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Gokulam FC takes the honours

Champion outfit:Gokulam FC, winner of the ICL Kerala Premier League title.Special Arrangement  

It had the experience and the financial muscle too. And there was no surprise that I-League side Gokulam Kerala FC defeated Quartz FC 2-0 and won its maiden ICL Kerala Premier League football title at the Corporation Stadium here on Sunday.

Still, Quartz put a strong challenge in the all-Kozhikode final and managed to hold its strong opponent goalless for more than an hour. Gokulam’s goals came through Brian Umony (69th minute) and Arjuna Jayaraj (87th).

“When you put money into a club, you get better players and I would say Gokulam’s budget is five times more than Quartz’s,” said P. Anilkumar, Kerala Football Association secretary, after the final. “Gokulam virtually played with a full-strength team.”

Anilkumar also said Quartz was likely to play the I-League second division next season.

“I had a word with the Quartz officials and they said that they would be playing the I-League next year. Anyway, the AIFF also wants the winner and runner-up of the State leagues to play the second division.”

Quartz FC’s Emmanuel Aidoo finished as the league’s top-scorer.

The result (final):

Gokulam FC 2 (Brian Umony 69, Arjuna Jayaraj 87) bt Quartz FC 0.