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Salgaocar FC finished the AIFF Elite Youth League (U-18) without securing a single point as they were hammered 0-4 by Aizawl FC in their last Group ‘D’ match played at Nagoa grounds, Verna on Friday.
Aizawl FC dominated the proceedings, scoring twice in each half, and Salgaocar FC surprisingly unable to create a single move in either session.
So complete was the dominance of Aizawl FC that the team from the North East camped in the Salgaocar territory for most part of the play, and if Salgaocar FC survived worse hammering it was mainly due to their goalkeeper Utkarsh Deshmukh who made some smart saves, coupled with several misses that Aizawl FC team made from close distance.
Aizawl FC took the lead following a penalty kick in the 7th minute of play when defender Ronaldo Pereira handled the ball in the box. Referee Kynsanphar Lyngdoh, who was handy, spotted the infringement and had no hesitation in pointing to the dreaded spot from where defender Lal Chungnunga banged in sending the Salgaocar FC keeper on the wrong foot – the ball crashing to the left corner and the Salgaocar keeper diving to his right.
As the match wore on, Salgaocar FC fought for possession with the proceedings confined to the midfield during this spell. Salgaocar FC’s medio Ribhav Sardessai tried some long rangers to try and find the mark but, in vain. That is all what Salgaocar FC could do and nothing more with the Aizawl FC having some easy time.
Aizawl FC buttressed their lead in the 36th minute through a great goal scored by striker R Lalthanmawia when he ran solo and sent a cracker of a shot that dazed the Salgaocar FC keeper. He completed his brace in the second session, once again dancing around solo and then banging the ball to the corner of the rival nets in the 84th minute.
Aizawl FC scored their fourth goal through medio Sang Dingliana, the captain of the team in the 90th minute of play with an eighteen yard shot that crashed to the far corner of Salgaocar F C nets.
Salgaocar FC did try to get into their rhythm in the dying minutes which proved futile as the Aizawl FC team packed their defence to block the forays of their rivals.
“Our boys are having their exams these days and the pressure might have affected them. But, this is not an excuse. Our boys could have done better, given the fact we had done so well but surprisingly could not perform well at this level,” said the Salgacoar FC coach Levino Pereira.