Bengaluru FC tasted defeat for the first time in the U-15 JSW Youth Cup against leaders Odisha Sports at the JSW Township in Bellary on Tuesday. The Bengaluru FC U-15 Boys went down 4-2, with goals from Bhenketeswar Oram (30′,52′), Sujit Barla (88′) and an own goal from Rohen Narengbam (80′) enough to cancel out Bengaluru’s first half lead after Lalpekhlua’s strike, along with an own goal from Prashant Ekka (13′) gave the Young Blues a 2-1 lead going into the break.
Bengaluru FC started the game on the front foot, and took the lead just 13 minutes in courtesy of an own goal from Odisha Sports custodian Prashant Ekka. A long punt from the Blues’ backline bounced awkwardly for the goalkeeper, as his attempted clearance went into the back of his own net.
The lead didn’t last long for the Young Blues as Oram equalized for Odisha, taking advantage of a defensive error by the Young Blues. Bengaluru FC reclaimed the lead once again when Ashik Adhikari’s low cross into the box was spilt by the keeper, allowing Lalpekhlua to pounce on the loose ball and slott it beyond Prashant.
Into the second period, Odisha Sports switched gears and equalized inside ten minutes. Having won a corner on the far side, the set-piece found an unmarked Oram in the box and the forward nodded it beyond Rohen to level things up at 2-2. Odisha Sports completed their comeback with a third goal with ten minutes left to play when Sujit’s strike was fumbled by Rohen and into his own net.
Sujit Barla sealed the victory for the visitors with a fourth goal, scored with less than two minutes left to play. Bengaluru FC next face RoundGlass Punjab FC on May 12 at the same venue.