CFA outplay Mohun Bagan to lift Challenge Cup

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Chandigarh, Sep 9 (UNI) Playing before the home crowd, Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) converted most of the scoring opportunities which came their way to record a well deserved 4-1 win over talented Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy of Kolkata in the final of the 6th Administrator's Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

Mohun Bagan today excelled in patches only, despite being a well-knit team.

CFA's goal-getters were Gagandeep Singh (22nd minute), Pankaj Negi (27th and 70th) and KC Lalchhuanwawia (36th). Pritam Singh reduced the margin for Mohun Bagan seconds before the half time.

Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, Pradip Mehra, was the chief guest and distributed the prizes. The CFA received a cheque of Rs 50,000 and the rolling trophy. The Mohun Bagan team were awarded a purse of Rs 25,000.

Mohun Bagan were quick to attack and for the first ten minutes dominated the proceedings. They got one good opportunity to score but CFA goalkeeper Harpreet Singh just managed to grab the ball from the feet of a Bagan striker before any harm could be done.

K C Lalchhuanmawia was in top form an gave Mohun Bagan a harrowing time.Whenever,he was in possession of the ball,he spelt danger.However, speedy Pankaj Negi stole the show by scoring a brace. He also had a hand in the CFA's first goal.

Initiating a move from the right flank, Pankaj sent a measured minus to Gagandeep Singh who made no mistake by placing the ball in the net from a close range.

This infused more life into the CFA attack. Hardly had the cheers of their supporters died down, when the Chandigarh Administration team struck again in the 27th minute. Pankaj Negi registered his first goal as he capitalised on a right flank cross from Lalnunatalunga.

Mohun Bagan retaliated soon but the CFA goal had a narrow escape.Gaiham Rongme, initiated the move and fed Mahendra Jit Singh whose grounder was brilliantly collected by CFA goalkeeper Harpreet Singh.

With two goals up, CFA were awarded a free kick on the right flank.Lalchhuanmawia's measured 20-yard floater found the Mohun Bagan defence rooted at one place as the ball hit the net. In the last few minutes of the first half, Pritam managed to reduce the margin (3-1) for the Kolkata team.

Few minutes after resumption Mohun Bagan's Pritam sent a sensible pass to Ram Malik who tested CFA goalkeeper Harpreet Singh who blocked the powerful shot. Amit Kumar Singh pounced on the rebound and unleashed a shot which went wide. .

In the 70th minute, Pankaj Negi of CFA trapped a stray pass and after side-stepping two defenders he sent the ball into the net for this side's fourth goal and his second.

The CFA victory is more sweeter as today they were playing their 12th match in the last eight days. The CFA boys are also participating in the ongoing Subroto Cup in New Delhi. Here they have emerged champions and in Subroto Cup they have qualified for the next phase.

Prashanjit Das (10th), M Rehman (38th), Rakesh Mettei (47th) and Amit Singh (51st), all of Mohun Bagan, were cautioned for dangerous play. Gagandeep Singh and Akashdeep of CFA got yellow cards in the 38th and 46th minutes, respectively.

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