Mohun Bagan Academy, TFA XI post impressive win
Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Sep 11 (UNI) Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur and Mohun Bagan Football Academy, Kolkata registered impressive victories in the quarterfinal matches of the all-India Mayors Trophy football tournament at the MGM ground here this evening.
In the first last eight match, Bagan scored a convincing 3-0 victory over UP XI, while in the second action TFA ended Indian Air Force's (Delhi) run with a 4-2 triumph.
Bagan, fielding under-19 players, enthralled the crowd with excellent passes. They threatened the rival defence time and again and in the 25th minute, they were awarded a penalty kick following an obstruction in the defence. Malswan Tluanga made no mistake in converting it (1-0).
The Kolkata strikers continued to make raids and in the 45th minute, the hardworking Sankar Oraon slotted the ball home off a pass from Tluanga.
In the second half too, it was the same story with the academy boys dictating terms. A defence lapse saw striker Tluanga netting his second and team's third goal to seal the fate of the up boys 3-0.
''With two Kolkata teams (East Bengal Colts and Mohd. Sporting) falling at the first hurdle, we had an extra responsibility to keep the Kolkata flag flying. I am glad that our boys shouldered the responsibility very well,'' said an elated Jahar Das.
All the academy players hail from Durgapur, 150 km from Kolkata.
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