Advait Shinde scored in the added time as Maharashtra secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Daman & Diu in the Santosh Trophy West Zone Qualifiers 2019-20 group A match, played at Duler Stadium, here on Sunday.
In a hot afternoon, Maharashtra started the match on an attacking note where they had the best chance in 10th minute when Nachiket Palav made a low cross to Yash Tukaram Mhatre in the goalmouth but the forward failed to capitalise on an easy chance.
They had another opportunity in the 24th minute when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box but Maharashtra defender Dion Menezes saw his curling efforts timely cleared by Daman keeper Arshad Sayyed.
At the other end, Daman came with a swift attack in the 27th minute when their forward Kaiziudinbo Kaurinta made a short pass to his teammate Shivam Yadav who went for the glory from the distance but his strike missed the target narrowly.
Maharashtra replied with a quick counter as Kamran Ansari dribbled past a defender and shot on the goal but was brilliantly saved by Daman keeper Sayyed.
Maharashtra once again came close to scoring in the 34th minute as this time Aman Gaikwad curled the ball in the box to Yash Mhatre whose header rebound off the crossbar which was quickly cleared by Daman defender Raj Bhoir.
Maharashtra coach Ansari
Mohammed Yousuf brought in Pragnesh Solanki replacing Allan Dias at the
halftime and the winger brought pace to the game as he made many darting runs
on both the wings but could not change the
Maharashtra had two clear chances to take the lead but first, N Nikhil Prabhu headed wide off Dion Menezes’ corner, while a few minutes later Yash repeated the action of his teammate to waste Nachiket’s curling cross.
With just 20 minutes left on the clock, Maharashtra coach Yousuf made another substitution bringing in Advait to replace exhausted Niyajahmed Patel in the midfield. The medio jelled up well with another fresh-leg Solanki to pressurise the rivals. They had another opportunity in the 89th minute when substitute Johnson Mathews nicely fed Mhatre in the box with a perfect cross but the lad saw his goalbound header saved by Daman keeper Sayyed.
However, in the added time, Solanki easily cut past an opponent at the deep flank and sent a low cross in the box to Shinde whose shot made space between Daman keeper and defenders to secure them a solitary goal victory.
In the early morning match, Services trounced Gujarat by a convincing 7-1 margin. Lallawmkima PC, Sreyas VG and Muhammed Inayath scored braces, while, Novin Gurung scored the other goal for the Services. whereas Mohammed Shoeb Shaikh scored the lone goal for Gujarat.