With the long Diwali weekend on, this Friday saw two Hero Under-15 Youth League matches being played. In the Kolkata-Jamshedpur Zone (Group A), Mohun Bagan AC U15 met SAI-East U15 on Friday afternoon at the Mohun Bagan ground. The hosts were put on the defensive when SAI-East’s Israfil Dewan netted the ball just before half time. He scored again in the second half, giving them a lead of 2-0. A late goal in the 79th minute by Mohun Bagan’s Kartick Mondal, however, was not enough for the team and the hosts ended up with a 2-1 loss. At the Cooperage ground on Friday evening, the Maharashtra Zone (Group B) saw an exciting match between Mumbai FC U15 and PIFA Sports U15. Goals by Clivert Millar and Kamran Ansari in the 22nd and 82nd minute respectively gave Mumbai FC a comfortable win over their local rivals.
On Saturday evening, DSK Shivajians FC U15 played host to Kenkre FC U15. Quick goals in the 16th and 45th minute put DSK Shivajians FC in the lead. In the second half, while no goals were scored, DSK Shivajians’ Manas Nimhan got his second yellow of the match from the ref, and was sent off. Despite the hosts being left with only 10 players for the last 17 minutes of the game, Kenkre FC was unable to get through DSK Shivajians defence, giving the hosts a 2-0 victory!
Saturday also saw the first match of the Goa Zone (Group C) being played. Salgaocar FC U15 came face to face with SAI-Goa U15 at the Assolna Ground. While the first half didn’t yield any goals for either side, the second half began with greater intensity when Salgaocar FC’s Henning Pereira was shown a yellow card in the 47th minute. The 61st minute saw another yellow card, this time for Javed Ahmad of SAI-Goa. Aaron Bareto netted the ball off a pass from Henning Pereira, giving Salgaocar FC a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute. In the first minute of extra time, Fhezher Gomes scored another goal, and the game ended with Salgaocar FC beating SAI-Goa 2-0.
Group A had an exciting day on Sunday as Tata Football Academy U15 played Mohammedan SC U15, and East Bengal FC U15 was up against United SC U15. Between TFA and Mohammedan SC, the first half was uneventful, but 3 yellow cards and two goals in the last 40 minutes of the match gave Mohammedan SC a 2-0 victory. In the second match of the day, two quick goals by Sanjib Mondal and Rahul Das gave United SC a 2-0 lead. East Bengal’s Asit Hembram managed to pull a goal back in the 2nd minute of extra time, but with an 87th minute goal from Ram Hembram for United SC, the game ended with United SC winning 3-1.
The most exciting game of the weekend however, was played on Sunday evening between Pune FC U15 and Steadfast Mumbai Rush SC U15 at the All Saints School in Bhiwandi. With a previous victory of 7-0 against DSK Shivajians FC U15 last weekend, all eyes were on the Pune FC boys as they stepped on to the pitch. It was their first away game, but that didn’t seem to matter as they went on to beat Steadfast Mumbai Rush SC 6-0. Ishan Dey scored three goals again, putting Pune FC at the top of the table, with 6 points and a goal difference of 13! We can’t wait to see how the teams get along next weekend. For now, here’s a quick look at the standings in Groups A & B: