The Chennaiyin FC U-13s concluded their 2018-19 Hero Sub-Junior League final round with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Southern Samity in Goa. The Chennaiyin FC U-13s’ bow out in third place after a loss and two draws.
Chennaiyin FC got off to the perfect start as their top-scorer K. Karmugilan opened the scoring from a corner in the 10th minute. The Pondicherry forward’s pinpoint header taking his tally to eight goals in his debut Sub-Junior League campaign.
Chennaiyin FC though ceded matters as the half progressed, as Southern Samity equalized past the half-hour mark through their nifty striker Monirul Molla.
After the break, it became an even encounter with both sides providing a threat in front of goal. Karmugilan and S. Varun Kumar continued to be a thorn in the opposition, the latter making it 2-1 to Chennaiyin FC with a shot from outside the box, which crept in after the keeper failed to get behind it.
With a minute of normal time to go, Molla managed to score again to make it 2-2 after capitalizing on a defensive error by Chennaiyin FC. However, second-half substitute E. Kannan scored a wonderful solo goal in the second minute of stoppage time, the final shot a tad fortuitous after the ball had ricocheted back in his path after a save from the keeper.
But in the last minute of stoppage time, Southern Samity managed to draw level yet again and break Chennaiyin FC hearts. It was Molla yet again, completing his hattrick with a fine individual effort. Chennaiyin FC thus concluded their second consecutive final round campaign with a group stage exit; finishing in third place with two points after a loss and two draws.