Earlier in the day, the Chennaiyin FC U-13s began their Hero Sub-Junior League campaign in Goa with a 1-4 defeat to Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC).
The Chennaiyin FC U-13s began steadily, pressing Reliance Foundation Young Champs high up the pitch. Forward K. Karmugilan and midfielder K. Srinith stood out for them in the first half.
However Reliance Foundation Young Champs took the lead through Karthick Thirumalai from a set-piece. And soon after the break they made it two, through a long-ranger from Harsh Palande.
After the break, the Chennaiyin FC U-13s did manage to pull one back a minute later, through forward E. Kannan. The attacker reacted the fastest after a goalmouth scramble had ensued following S. Varun Kumar’s free kick that the keeper fumbled.
But as Chennaiyin FC tried to equalize, Reliance Foundation Young Champs caught them out on the counter twice in quick succession. Harsh Vaghela and Prantik Saha netted for Reliance Foundation Young Champs as they closed out the game with a 4-1 win.
In the other Sub-Junior League final round Group A game, Kolkata’s Southern Samity downed Kerala’s FF Academy by a 2-0 scoreline.
The Chennaiyin FC U-13s will face FF Academy in their next outing on Wednesday, May 15 with kick-off at 8am at the Navelim Ground in Goa.