U-18 I-League: Lalcchanhima brace led East Bengal to a comfortable victory

United Sports Club thrash Bhaichung Bhutia Football School by 9-0

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East Bengal team in the dressing room after beating FC Pune City in U-18 I-League. Image Source: East Bengal Samachar

Kolkata: East Bengal begin their u-18 I-League campaign in a splendid fashion as they defeat visiting team FC Pune City 3-1 at their first game this was played at the East Bengal ground.

The hero of today’s game was the Red and Gold captain Lalcchanhima who scored a brace while the other goal was scored by Telem Surenjit Singh.

FC Pune City took the lead in the 7th min of the game, when Asish Rai scored after capitalizing a mistake from Md. Eshah and goalie Shobhon Biswas.

The match took another turn in the 12th min when the East Bengal captain scored a fine goal from a powerful shot. It was a moment of sheer brilliance from the young lad.

In the 27th minute dribbling past three defenders in the left wing, a superb goal and the home team’s second was scored by Telem Surenjit Singh.

At the very start of the second half, a goal for FC Pune City was however cancelled due to offside.

At the 53rd min of the game, Pune’s player Sahil Panwar was given marching orders after he continued to argue with the referee after committing a handball in his own penalty box.

Prakash Sarkar however couldn’t score from the spot for the hosts. However few minutes later Jhontu Prasad too failed to score for the home team.

At the dying minutes of the game, the 3rd goal was the hosts were scored by the same skipper Lalcchanhima who dribbled past the tiring legs of the Pune defenders and took his team to victory.

East Bengal have their next matches against TSA on 30th April and against Shillong Lajong on 2nd May.

“FC Pune City is a good team and majority of the players have been made by us. Pune’s team recently had their trials in Spain and on comparison, East Bengal’s team is however inexperienced” said East Bengal coach Ranjan Chowdhury after the match. Apart from finishing, Chowdhury believes that his team played the basics of football beautifully. The coach believes his team could have won the match 6-1 had not they squandered off their scoring chances. He further said that weather factor is not a concern as all the teams will have to play as per the fixture.

“He is a brilliant player as well as a prolific goal getter and could be a major prospect in the senior team” said Chowdhury on Lalcchanhima

Lalcchanhima is young player from Mizoram and only 6 months back he was brought to the club by the East Bengal coach. He used to play for Chandmari FC of the Mizoram League,before he joined the Kolkata giants. “It feels great to score both the goals being the skipper of the team” added the Mizo lad.

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United Sports Club started off with a 9-0 victory over Bhaichung Bhutia Football School in the All India Championship round of the U-18 I-League 2016-17.

Twelve teams qualified from the previous round are participating in this final round of the U-18 I-League 2016-17. Teams coming from all across the country are divided into three groups of four teams each with United Sports Club drawn into Group B alongside Bhaichung Bhutia Football School, Salgaocar Football Club and Royal Wahingdoh FC.

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