The Chennaiyin FC U-15s shared the spoils with Thane – Football School of India in a 2-2 draw in the 2018-19 Hero Junior League playoff round. Striker Yugan S. starred with a brace of the U-15s.
The Chennaiyin FC U-15 boys are still winless in the playoffs after having played two games. They will need to win their final group game to stand a chance of progressing to the next round.
The Chennaiyin FC U-15s put in a spirited display against Thane – Football School of India, having drawn their opening group game 0-0 against Aizawl FC U-15s. After a subdued opening fifteen minutes, Chennaiyin FC grew into the game and proved a menace through strikers Yugan S. and Varun Kumar. The former came close on several occasions in the first period but was thwarted by the keeper or his efforts were wayward.
In the second half, Chennaiyin FC continued with vigour and scored through none other than Yugan. A well-taken volley from an Aravind Karthickeyan corner kick found the back of the net. Thane drew level instantly though, a minute later. The referee awarded a contentious penalty after a Thane player went down in the box with minimal contact. Bharatsingh Dhami scored from the spot.
It remained end-to-end as Yugan netted his brace two minutes later. Skipper Deepak Thapamogar, who was impressive in the Chennaiyin FC midfield, put the striker through on goal. Yugan made no mistake to score his sixth goal of the season and drew level with Mohamed Liyaakath as Chennaiyin FC’s top-scorer this season.
With the last ten minutes approaching Thane were awarded another penalty, again for some suspect contact in the box. Karan Prajapati drew the Maharashtra side level for the second time from the spot.
The Chennaiyin FC U-15s came hard at Thane in the closing moments. And Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Aron R. at the other end, who was also celebrating his birthday, kept out two one-on-one chances to ensure parity. The winner remained elusive for both side as it finished 2-2.
In their final play-off group game, the Chennaiyin FC U-15s take on Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) Football Academy on Friday, May 17 at the Naihati Stadium with kick-off at 4pm.