Chennaiyin FC B suffered a 2-1 defeat to AFC Fateh Hyderabad in a Second Division League match at the FSV Arena in Bengaluru. This was Chennaiyin FC B’s first match in a month, as the Second Division League resumed after a break. Syed Suhail Pasha, who played in both of Tamil Nadu’s matches in the Santosh Trophy South Zone qualifiers recently, scored Chennaiyin FC’s goal today after coming off the bench.
There were four changes to the Chennaiyin FC B starting eleven, from the team that played a month back against Ozone FC. The returning Samik Mitra replaced B.Y. Revanth in goal as Reamsochung Aimol (Remy) started with Kyntiewshaphrang Kharlukhi making way. Zonunmawia and Surya Tirkey also came into the side as Joseph Lalsanglura and Mohammed Sarif Khan dropped to the bench.
Chennaiyin FC began the game brightly and enjoyed more of the ball in the opening stages. However, Fateh Hyderabad created the more threatening chances, also hitting the crossbar from a chance on the break.
Fateh Hyderabad took the lead through a header by Naro Shrestha from a corner kick in the 34th minute. Chennaiyin FC however tried to bounce back almost immediately, creating a couple of good chances to draw level.
Both the best chances in the first half fell to Chennaiyin FC forward Bawlte Rohmingthanga. He was put through on goal by Remy for the first chance, but the Fateh keeper managed to make the save. On the second instance, Joysana Singh was the provider, but this time a last-ditch tackle from a retreating defender stopped Rohmingthanga from taking a shot on goal.
Aman Chetri was next to miss out on a chance to equalize. The Guwahati boy failed to connect with an inviting Joysana cross as Chennaiyin FC went into the break a goal behind.
After the break, it was more end-to-end as Chennaiyin FC continued to search for the leveller. Fateh had a chance to go two up, but Chennaiyin FC center back Prabin Tigga did well to clear the effort off the line.
The equalizer eventually did come for Chennaiyin FC with a quarter of the game to go. Substitute Syed Suhail Pasha, who had come on for Krishna Pandit, did well to rise above everyone and head it in from a Remy set-piece.
But it was déjà vu for Chennaiyin FC in the closing stages, as they conceded again from a corner kick. A flick-on at the near post led to a tap in for Haileuyibe Iranggau as Fateh Hyderabad held on to win 2-1.
Chennaiyin FC B take on South United FC next, in search of their first Second Division League win of the season at the FSV Arena in Bengaluru on Tuesday, February 26.