SHILLONG: Sporting Clube de Goa started their campaign of the 2017-18 U-18 Youth League Final Round with a 1-4 thumping at the hands of Tata Football Academy in Shillong on Wednesday.
Tata Football Academy started scoring when the game was seven minutes old and had added another two by the time the referee blew the whistle for the lemon break. The Sporting lads put up little resistance and offered very little threat in attack.
Dipak Kumar Rajak gave TFA the lead after just seven minutes before Pukhrambam Manisana scored the second in the 20th minute. TFA added their third through Lalboilen Kilong in the 32nd minute. Then Wungshungam Jagoi added one more for TFA in the 72nd minute. Trijoy Dias was on target for Sporting’s consolation goal in the 81st minute.
The next round of Group A will see Sudeva FC cross swords with Sporting Clube de Goa and SAI Kolkata take on TFA on May 18.
Eight teams were in action on the opening day and while two of the first four games have ended in goalless draws, but there has been plenty of entertainment for the fans.
In the other match of Group A, Sudeva FC and SAI Kolkata played goalless.
Sudeva FC dominated for much of the 90 minutes, with striker JangminlunKuki, as well as midfielders Vanlalzahawma and Bhupender Singh at the heart of their attacking forays. But the Delhi-based side were let down by their final pass and finishing.
SAI, on the other hand, were clever throughout, using delaying tactics such as players going down for cramps to ensure the match was of a stop-start nature and prevent Sudeva from finding their rhythm on attack.
Meanwhile, the opening round of games in Group C, Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters played to a goalless draw to open their campaign. With both sides lauded for their ‘attacking ability’, the intensity from kick-off was way below the standard required to challenge any defence. And while the game improved considerably during the second forty-five minutes neither side was unable to find a goal.
In another match of the same Group, BhaichungBhutia Football Schools lost to DSKShivajians by an odd goal in three.
After a barren first-half, DSK Shivajians surged ahead thanks to substitute UmairSaiyyad’s 61st-minute strike before Lalramchhuana doubled the lead in the 78th minute.
Towards the end , the Bhaichung lads went all out and were also rewarded with a goal in the 88th minute courtesy Joe Massey, but that was all BBFS could manage as DSK Shivajains managed to hold on and emerge victorious 2-1.