The Chennaiyin FC U-15s began their 2018-19 Hero Junior League playoff round with a goalless draw against Aizawl FC U-15s in Kolkata on Monday, May 13.
The Chennaiyin FC U-15s were without their influential striker Mohammed Liyaakath who top-scored for them with six goals in the Chennai zone. Liyaakath is currently away for an India U-16 national team camp in Goa.
The attack was thus led by Yugan S. and Kishore R.A. And Yugan was Chennaiyin FC U-15s’ biggest threat against Aizawl FC as a couple of efforts from him nearly went in during the first half. At the other end Aizawl FC were kept out by some astute defending by the likes of N. Sivamani and Aravind Karthickeyan. Goalkeeper Aron R. too was at hand to make some crucial saves.
Chennaiyin FC U-15s’ were the better side in the second period with Yugan again coming the closest. This time he struck the crossbar after cutting in from the left in the 79th minute. The game was played out with both sides wasting chances as it finished 0-0.
In the other Hero Junior League playoff round Group B game, Thane – Football School of India edged out Sports Authority of India (SAG) Gujarat by a 2-1 margin. The Chennaiyin FC U-15s face Thane – FSI next on Wednesday, May 15 with kick-off at 8:30am at the Naihati Stadium in Kolkata.