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16/12/2017 | Internet Desk

The warriors from Chandigarh registered their second consecutive win as they defeated Northern counterparts Lone Star Kashmir FC 4-1 on a chilling winter morning at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi in the qualifying round of the U-16 Youth I-league Rest of India one 4 Qualifying round.

Minerva Punjab FC came into the game with some changes from their previous opening encounter against Real Kashmir FC, and definitely looked more determined than the previous outing where they could not give their best due to poor ground conditions and low visibility due to fog but still managed a 2-0 win. 

The roaring blues started from the word go as they flooded the opponents half with continues counter attacks and brilliantly played through balls puzzling Lone Star Kashmir FC’s back four. They managed to break the deadlock in the very 2nd minute of the game when Goal-machine Nongdamba Noarem sneaked past his marker to slot home a powerful rebound from the goalkeeper to give the warriors an early lead into the game. 

The blues from Chandigarh didn’t seem satisfied from an early goal as they kept pressing the opponents looking to double their lead. Attempts were finally rewarded when Star Striker Md. Sahajahan fired a thunderous shot from forty yards on top of the box leaving the Loan Star Kashmir Goalkeeper helpless. 

The next couple of minutes saw both teams trying to gain possession in their favour as Minervans crushed all of Lone Star Kashmir’s efforts to find threir first for the morning. The warriors from Chandigarh added up to their lead in the 31st minute when a brilliant run by winger Azruddin left Kashmir FC’s midfielders chasing and supplied a sublime parallel assist for Nongdamba who scored his second for the morning. 

The Minervans were no in cruise control mode and in no time when Arjun Kumar put his name on the scoresheet moments later to make it 4-0 in favours of the blues. Lone star Kashmir managed to pull a consolation for themselves in the dying minutes of the half time whistle as both teams went in for the lime break with a scoreline of 4-1 in favour of the Blue Warriors. 

The second half saw some tactical changes from the gaffer Shyamjai Meitei who decided to rest a few regulars infavour of some new faces, the young lads however managed to hold the opponents tight with majority of the ball possession in their favour but did not manage to add up to the score board. Final score was 4-1 at the Final whistle. 

Minerva Punjab FC next face city rivals Youngsters FC in what would be the “Chandigarh Derby” in the capital to be played on 19th December at 8 AM in the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi.

Courtesy: Minerva Punjab FC Media

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