Goa clinch last-minute thriller against Bengaluru

The FC Goa Under15s left it late to register a 2-1 win over their Bengaluru FC counterparts on day two of the PL-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup 2020 at the Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai today. It took a final minute screamer to decide the intriguing contest between the two Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfits.

The Gaurs looked comfortable in possession-play from the very outset, as Rayan Menezes, the Junior Gaurs’ central midfielder remained pivotal to keep the game ticking from the centre of the park.

Goa’s Bryson Pereira finished off a flowing move that had originated on the right flank in the 11th minute, all thanks to some rigid build-up play. Bengaluru FC kept trying to restore parity but were unable to do so in the remainder of the first half.

After the restart, Bengaluru looked a much better attacking outfit, with Monirul Molla spearheading their charge. However, their forays were contained impressively by an FC Goa rear-guard, which was marshalled admirably by the likes of Reezvon Sebastiao Fernades and Wesley D’Sa.

In the 46th minute though, Bengaluru FC got their equaliser when Yaphaithoi Magsatabam prodded home from close range. The ball broke to him after Prajay Gawde’s heroic goal-line clearance bounced off the crossbar.

Both teams pressed incessantly for the winner in the dying stages of the match. In the final minute of regulation time, Rohan Mangaonkar scored with a 30-yard screamer to ensure that the Gaurs tasted victory for the first time in the tournament.

Result: FC Goa [Bryson Pereira 11’, Rohan Mangaonkar 50’] beat Bengaluru FC [Yaphaithoi Magsatabam 46’]: 2:1

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