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Chennaiyin FC B end Second Division League campaign with a win!

The Chennaiyin FC B team concluded their Second Division League campaign with a 2-1 win over Fateh Hyderabad AFC at the SSN College Ground today. First half goals from forwards Bawlte Rohmingthanga and Krishna Pandit proved enough for Chennaiyin FC B as the visitors pulled a goal back in the closing stages.

This was the Chennaiyin FC B team’s first win of the season. The victory ensured Chennaiyin FC B ended their Second Division League campaign on a high after a record of three draws and four defeats in their previous group matches.

There were four changes to the Chennaiyin FC B team that lost 1-0 to the Kerala Blasters Reserves in their previous match. Sayak Barai started in goal ahead of Samik Mitra as Ajin Tom came in for Harsh Bartwal. Hendry Antonay and Remi also made way as Charles Britto and Bawlte Rohmingthanga came into the starting eleven.

It was a subdued start from both sides as Fateh Hyderabad shaded possession.

Then in the seventh minute, Vijay Thangavel won a foul on the edge of the Fateh Hyderabad box following an error. Aman’s resulting free-kick deflected out for a corner.

The team from Hyderabad were a threat on the break, creating half-chances and even hitting the side-netting on one occasion.

Aman Chetri on the right flank was linking up well with Vijay Thangavel in the Chennaiyin FC midfield and with Rohmingthanga and Krishna upfront. However, incision in the final third was lacking for the hosts.

Chennaiyin FC went route one on 25 minutes, when a long throw from Mohammed Sarif Khan found Rohmingthanga in the box, as the latter’s effort went just wide of the far post.

Fateh Hyderabad’s No. 23 Haileuyibe Iranggau had a clear chance to score just after the half-hour mark, as he put a free-header wide from close range.

Sayak in the Chennaiyin FC goal showcased presence of mind a few minutes later as he thwarted an onrushing Fateh attacker as he tried round him. The Chennaiyin FC defence managed to block the rebound.

On 38 minutes, Chennaiyin FC took the lead after some quick thinking on the left flank. A quick throw-in to Krishna on the left caught Fateh Hyderabad off-guard, the former freeing Syed Suhail Pasha on the byline. Suhail’s cut-back was met awkwardly by a retreating defender as the goalkeeper tried to keep the ball out. Rohmingthanga was quick to pounce and guide the ball home from close range and give his side a 1-0 lead.

1-0 became 2-0 to Chennaiyin FC on the stroke half-time at the end of a flowing counter-attacking move. Rohmingthanga took advantage of a Fateh Hyderabad mispass at the center circle to charge towards the opposition box, only to square it to the overlapping Krishna, his strike-partner taking a touch before firing past the Fateh Hyderabad keeper.

Chennaiyin FC had a great chance to make it 3-0 right from the restart. Kharlukhi’s long ball from kick-off was headed down by Aman for Krishna, who controlled the ball and shot straight at the Fateh keeper, who parried it away.

Chennaiyin FC made two changes at the start of the second half as Lalliansanga Renthlei and Remi replaced Vijay Thangavel and Prabin Tigga.

Fateh Hyderabad came hard in search of a goal, but the Chennaiyin FC defence continued to be resolute.

With Fateh Hyderabad chasing the elusive goal, Chennaiyin FC were a threat on the break. Aman almost gave Chennaiyin FC the cushion of a third goal when he got on the end of a Lalliansanga through ball, looping his effort just over the bar with the keeper beaten.

Sayak then made a fantastic save from close range to keep Forster Addae’s effort out, at the end of the latter’s darting run into the Chennaiyin FC box.

Fateh Hyderabad did manage to halve the deficit in the closing stages courtesy Forster Addae, but Chennaiyin FC B held on to their lead to finish their 2018-19 Second Division League campaign with a much-needed win for their confidence.

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