Defending champion Pune City off to winning start
DEFENDING CHAMPION Football Club Pune City defeated Amarjit Football Academy by 3 – 0 in their first match of 14th Administrator’s Challenge Cup at All India Football Tournament for boys U – 17 year played at Sector-42, Sports Complex, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Striker Shimthang H scored first goal with a superb side volley off a cross given to him by Shreepat. The winners were leading by 1- 0 at the breather. After the half time, F.C. Pune city pumped tow more goals. It was again Shimthang H who scored the second goal in the 62nd minute. In the second match Navi Mumbai Football Academy defeated J.J. Soccer Football Academy Bangalore by 3 – 1.
Mohan of J.J. Soccer Academy Bangalore opened the account in the 11th minute of play. After conceding early goal, Mumbai lads came up in a whirlwind fashion and Sohail Shaikh scored equaliser in the 18th minute of play. Navi Mumbai football academy was leading by 2 -1 at the breather and Sohail Shaikh scored the third goal for Navi Mumbai in the 80th minute of play.
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In the third match of the day, Dalbir Football Academy defeated Pride Sports Delhi by 4 – 1. Amandeep Singh of Dalbir scored two goals for his team in the 18th and 81st minutes of play. Gurpreet and Gaurav were the other scorers who scored one goal each in 10th and 14th minute respectively. In the fourth match of the day, Baichung Bhutia Football School defeated Sekri Sports Association, Gurdaspur.
In the last match played at Sector-17 Football stadium, Thou Football Academy Manipur thrashed Haryana by 7-0. L. Benson scored three goals, L. Robinson scored two goals whereas Dillu and Ronanl Pao scored one goal each in 90th and 90+1 minutes of play. T. Thoi Singh and L. Robinson of Thou Manipur were cautioned by the referee and shown yellow card.