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TFA draw in I-League clash

- Sesa Goa, Navi Mumbai win

Sesa Goa and Navi Mumbai Football Academy posted comfortable wins on the opening day of the final round of Under-19 I-League on Monday. The clash between Tata Football Academy (TFA) and Kingfisher East Bengal ended in a goalless draw.

While Sesa Goa defeated Shillong Lajong 2-1 in a match at JRD Tata Sports Complex, the Mumbai team prevailed over Hindustan FC to finish with the same scores at Keenan Stadium.

The first match in the morning session saw TFA and East Bengal try hard to take lead, but solid defence from both sides ensured no change in scores. East Bengal’s Wasim Akram was cautioned for reckless tackling.

Sesa managed to draw first blood when Oluin Cardozo swung his right foot from outside the penalty area in the 25th minute. Sesa Goa struck again in the 27th minute, courtesy a left-footer from Jaison. The scorecard at the breather read 2-0 in Goa’s favour.

Post-break, Lajong played an attacking game. Zoaingliana chipped in a fine cross from the left in the 54th minute. But the goal remained just a consolation at the end of the match.

The tie between Navi Mumbai team and Hindustan FC saw its first goal when David Johnson of Hindustan FC scored in the 45th minute. Gursimrai netted the equaliser for Mumbai in the 74th minute.

Malsaumzuala punched the final nail in Hindustan FC’s coffin by finding the net in the 77th minute.


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