A TFA player (in white) and his Navi Mumbai counterpart vie for the ball during the match on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Triple strike by skipper K. Udanta Singh helped Tata Football Academy (TFA) drub Navi Mumbai Football Academy 4-1 at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday in a final round tie of the ongoing Under-19 I-League.
In other matches of the day, Shillong Lajong thrashed Hindustan FC 5-1 at JRD Tata Sports Complex, while Kingfisher East Bengal overcame a dogged Sesa Goa 3-2 at Keenan Stadium.
The fast-footed Udanta was in good touch from the first whistle.
The 18-year-old striker, who has signed for Bengaluru FC, drew first blood in the 5th minute with an accurate shot from off the right foot from the flank.
Udanta upped the lead in the 43rd minute with a clinical shot from the left side. The scoreline read 2-0 at the breather.
TFA’s Samrat Choudhury further consolidated his team’s position by scoring in the 58th minute. The youngster received a cross from the left and made no mistake in directing it into the net.
Navi Mumbai’s Suman Sarkar opened his team’s tally with a goal in the 65th minute.
Udanta pumped in his third goal on a counter attack in the 67th minute.
In another match, Shillong Lajong prevailed over Hindustan FC from the outset.
A penalty kick by Zoaingliana in the 12th minute opened Shillong’s account.
Redeem Thank and W.A. Luwang scored in the 22nd and 35th minute, respectively, to give Lajong a three-goal lead before the breather.
The losing side did find the net when Tilak Subba scored in 41st minute.
Lajong’s Bipin scored in the 50th and 80th minute to seal Hindustan’s fate.
Kingfisher East Bengal came across stiff resistance from Sesa Goa, which played an aggressive game. After a barren first half, the Bengal side opened their account when Jaison netted the ball in the 46th minute.
However, Stephen found the equaliser for Sesa in the 48th minute.
Sesa took the lead in the 67th minute through a solid right-footer from Arup.
East Bengal bounced back with two goals from Jiten and Somnath in the 70th and 84th minute, respectively.