The Chennaiyin FC U-15 team finished their 2018-19 Hero Junior League playoff round campaign with a 3-1 win over Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) Football Academy at the Naihati Stadium in Kolkata. A brace from striker K. Suriya and a goal from Rahul Manjula proved the difference for CFC, both boys having been promoted from the U-13s this season.
After losing their opening Chennai zone game, the CFC U-15s are unbeaten in ten outings since. With the win over SAG, the CFC U-15s finish in second place with five points and still have an outside chance of qualifying to the final round as the best second-placed team from the three play-off groups, subject to other results on Saturday.
The CFC U-15s came into their final group game against SAG after a fighting 0-0 draw against Aizawl FC followed by a harsh 2-2 result against Thane – Football School of India.
They fell behind in the opening fifteen minutes, when Firoz Ansari opened the scoring for SAG after the Chennaiyin FC defence was caught out of position.
But Chennaiyin FC continued to see more of the ball and created the better chances. And they found the leveller before half-time, through striker K. Suriya. Having come into the starting eleven in place of Yugan S., Suriya did well to convert skipper Deepak Thapamogar’s through ball into the box.
After half-time, it was more of the same from Chennaiyin FC. Rahul Manjula won the ball back in the SAG half, carrying the ball forward and netting.
SAG had no way back, with Chennaiyin FC closing the game out in the last ten minutes through Suriya’s second of the game and fifth of the campaign so far, including the Chennai zone. The Chennai-born Suriya combining again with Deepak to devastating effect.