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Defensive play ruins league thrill

Jamshedpur, May 21: United Football Academy (UFA) registered a 2-0 win over Civil Marshal Club (CMC) in an A-division clash of the ongoing McDowell’s Celebration-Jamshedpur Sporting Association football league at Armoury ground today.

The super division tie between Andhra Sporting Union (ASU) and Jharkhand Soccer Academy (JSA) ended in a drab 1-1 draw at Gopal Maidan.

The encounter between UFA and CMC did not rise to any exciting heights as both teams played dull football from the beginning. More effort was spent on saving, than scoring goals.

Though UFA managed two goals, but it more due to defence lapse on part of their opponents than any serious attempts made by the team mid-fielders and forwards. UFA scored the first goal through Ranjan Kumar in the seventh minute. The mid-fielder received a cross from the centre before slidding it into the rival net with his left foot. The winning outfit led by a solitary goal at the breather. The second half also proved to be least exciting. The ball remained consigned at the centre most of the time. Jena Sinku made it 2-0 for UFA in the 66th minute.

If the affair at Armoury ground was not exciting, it was no better at Gopal Maidan. Both ASU and JSA showed no urgency to find scoring opportunities. Short passes and occasional headers in the mid-field allowed the goalkeepers to spend idle time under the bars.

Though Jayant Gaur managed to draw first blood for ASU in the tenth minute but his teammates never proved to be able partners. ASU led by a goal at lemon break. JSA found the equaliser via a header from Shyam Kisku in the 57th minute.

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