The action is heating up in the Hero U15 Youth League with just a handful of games left to be played in Groups A, B & C, Group D just underway and Groups E & F expected to start in January 2016. Here are all the Week 8 results from across the country:
Group A: Kolkata-Jamshedpur Zone
Front-runners from Group A, United Sports Club continued their hot streak by hammering 5 goals past East Bengal at home. Sanjib Mondal and Tarak Hembram were the wreckers-in-chief as they bagged a hat-trick and a brace respectively. United SC are now favourites to top the group being 6 points clear with only 2 games left to be played. However, the battle for second position is set to be an intense three-way tussle between Mohammedan Sporting, SAI East and East Bengal who are all within a point of each other. Mohammedan and SAI-East both won their respective games this week, but the big losers were East Bengal who not only lost, but suffered a big hit on their goal difference by conceding five.
Group B: Maharashtra Zone
The Maharashtra Zone has turned into the Indian equivalent of the Spanish La Liga (not this season! Hello Rafa Benitez!) by becoming a two-horse race where Pune FC and Mumbai FC are fighting for top spot separated only by goal difference. Both teams have accumulated an unassailable 19 points while the others, realistically, have only pride to play for. Outside of the top two, Kenkre FC and DSK Shivajians battled out a 1-all draw at the Cooperage with Bishnu Bohara scoring again for Kenkre and Yuvraj Sawant netting one for the Pune-based side.
Group C: Goa Zone
Table toppers, Salgaocar FC, continued their unbeaten run by defeating Dempo Sports Club at home while Sporting Club de Goa put further distance between themselves and third position by beating SAI Goa at the Assolna. From the results so far, there is no doubt that the team to beat in this group is Salgaocar FC.
Group D: Guwahati-Shillong Zone
After two rounds of games in Group D, it is Royal Wahingdoh who have come flying out of the blocks scoring 10 goals and conceding just 1 with star scorer, Rheadolf, bagging a brace in each of the two matches played. Meanwhile, SAI Guwahati have made a quiet but steady start earning a draw in their first game before defeating Rangdajied United FC by a goal this week. It is early days yet, but Guwahati FC, Gauhati Town Club and Shillong Lajong will need to work harder to improve their performances and results. Rangdajied have only lost one game by a single goal, but they too will look to find some consistency as the seasons wears on.