Category: IFA Shield

IFA Shield 2018: East Bengal crowned champions as Bagan pay the penalty

KOLKATA: East Bengal crowned champions in the 122nd U-19 IFA Shield beating arch-rivals Mohun Bagan 4-2 on penalties in the final played at the Barasat Stadium on Thursday.

After the sides were locked 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes of regulation time and a further half an hour of extra time, the final was decided in the cruellest method of the game with the East Bengal coming out on top.

Didwm Hozowary and Lalthankima missed Mohun Bagan’s first two penalties of the shootout to hand East Bengal the advantage which they held until their last attempt of the five with a 3-2 lead. Dip Saha stepped up to take the penalty to win the Shield for his side and promptly drove the ball home for East Bengal to take the title.

The match was one of high quality and was evenly contested. Both sides had some good scoring opportunities but were denied from scoring by some quality goalkeeping and narrow misses.

East Bengal came close early when Bagan keeper Asanja Daimary made a save from a Lalchhanhima header in the 8th minute.

The best chance of the first-half fell for East Bengal skipper Jhantu Prasad in the 17th minute when he hammered a right-footed shot from outside the box towards the top corner only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Asanja.

Suranjit Singh hit his shot well wide from outside the box in the 26th minute.

In the 31st minute Lalchhanhima received the ball out side the box and turned past Asif Ali Molla and hammered his shot well wide past the post, he should have done better.

Mohun Bagan had a slight chance when Krishanu Malo cleared the ball up field into the East Bengal’s goalmouth; Subha Ghosh was just beaten to the ball by East Bengal keeper Ayan Roy.

Koushik Santra then took a shot from a free kick that flew narrowly over the bar in the 44th minute.

The teams went in at the break with the scored tied at 0-0.

Changing over, Mohun Bagan started as the brighter of the two sides and broke the deadlock just one minute into the session when Sourav Das slotted home following a goalmouth scramble.

However, rather than let their heads drop, the goal spurred East Bengal on and they began attacking with intensity through Lalchhanhima, Suranjit and Jhantu.

As the second-half progressed possession remained in East Bengal’s favour and the number of shots they had increased however Asanja covered his area well to keep some stunning strikes at bay.

However despite his best efforts Asanja could not hold East Bengal off forever and as the clock headed into the 84th minute mark he let the ball roll under his foot and into the net from Dip’s tame effort.

In the remainder of the match, both sides engaged in an end-to-end battle but couldn’t break the deadlock as game progressed to the thirty minutes of extra time.

In the extra time both the teams wasted opportunities to take the match to the shootout where Jhantu, Lalchhanhima, Rohulpuia and Dip scored for East Bengal while Subhanil Ghosh was denied by Bagan’s substitute keeper Avijit Debnath.

For Mohun Bagan, Debanna Chakraborty and Subha converted their chances while Didwm saw their effort saved by Ayan, Lalthankima hit wide of the target.

IFA Shield 2018: Engrossing final on the cards

KOLKATA: Familiar foes East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will battle for the 122nd U-19 IFA Shield when they meet in the final.

The two sides will meet in the ultimate game of the eight-team tournament, which has been highlighted by two-weeks of high class and entertaining football by the some of the finest youth talents in Indian football.

Clashes between these traditional rivals are always feisty encounters and, with so much riding on the outcome, tomorrow’s meeting is sure to be an all-action affair. There is no doubt this will be a memorable occasion for both sides and their fans when it gets underway at Barasat Stadium.

East Bengal thumped Tata Football Academy 4-1 in extra time in East Bengal Ground, while Mohun Bagan edged past stubborn SAIL Football Academy Burnpur 2-1 in Mohun Bagan Ground in semifinals to sail through.

A favourite is hard to pick as both are undefeated in the tournament and have proven themselves to be a lethal attacking force. With the likes of Lalchhanhima, Suranjit Singh and Jhantu Prasad in the ranks, East Bengal will always pose a goal threat but the same can be said of Mohun Bagan, for whom Subha Ghosh, Sourav Das and Koushik Santra have been in exceptional form.

East Bengal coach Ranjan Chowdhury has indicated his pleasure with how the campaign has progressed thus far and remain confident come kick-off that his side will go out and do the business to clinch their maiden U-19 IFA Shield title.

“We are in a very good place, everyone is healthy, strong, fit, recovered. So we are in general looking forward to a good game.” Chowdhury said.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan coach Jo Paul Ancheri is hoping they can go a step further this time around, having lost the final against FC Pune City last year.

“I think we are well prepared as we can be for this match. Of course we are facing a very tough opponent in East Bengal and it will be tough for us, but hopefully we can make it a bit tough on East Bengal too,” said Ancheri.

This is the first time when these two meeting in the IFA Shield after it became under-19 tournament in 2015. Prior to this both have met in the final 23 times with East Bengal winning on 12 occasions and Mohun Bagan 6 times. The title was shared thrice and twice the final has been abandoned.

IFA Shield 2018: Mohun Bagan leave it late against SAIL in semifinal

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan edge past SAIL Football Academy Burnpur 2-1 in the second semifinal of the 122nd U-19 IFA Shield on Tuesday to set up the final with arch rivals East Bengal.

Mohun Bagan began the game aggressively and after missing some half chances took the lead in the 22nd minute through Sourav Das. However, SAIL responded in the very next minute and equalized through Rahul Mondal. Nonetheless, Subha Ghosh’s 83rd-minute goal was enough to send Jo Paul Ancheri’s charges to their second consecutive final.

Both sides produced some sparkling football during the opening exchanges, although poor finishing often let them down.

Mohun Bagan had created a couple of close chances through Subha and Koushik Santra. While Koushik did well to get into spaces, the youngster lacked the killer finish in the rival box.

Having missed a host of chances, Mohun Bagan finally broke the deadlock midway through the half when Sourav headed home from a free-kick to put his team ahead.

However, SAIL responded immediately with Souvik Ghoshal setting up Rahul for the equalizer in the 23rd minute.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan continued to dominate and should have regained their lead soon after, but Koushik skied his effort over the bar.

Just before half-time, Souvik went close for SAIL, managing only to steer his effort wide of goal.

The match remained 1-1 at the break, with SAIL looking the better side after the restart.

However, despite all their dominance in the opening stages, they failed to create any real clear-cut opportunities.

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, almost broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, when Asif Ali Molla rose highest to meet Sourav’s cross, but the defender’s header was comfortably saved by keeper Kisan Singh.

Koushik continued to be Mohun Bagan’s danger-man, and in the 72nd minute he laid the ball to Samar Kumir in the vital area, but for SAIL defender Sudip Acharjee’s timely clearance.

SAIL had a half chance in the 77th minute but Israfil Dewan’s fizzed cross was just too close to Mohun Bagan keeper Asanja Daimary.

However, when the match was looking destined for extra time Mohun Bagan found a moment of inspiration from Subha who slotted home from inside to send his team to the finale.

IFA Shield 2018: East Bengal mount a comeback win over TFA to reach final

KOLKATA: East Bengal became the first team to qualify for the 122nd U-19 IFA Shield final after beating Tata Football Academy 4-1 in extra time in the first semifinal played at East Bengal Ground on Monday.

After a barren first-half, TFA took the lead in the 49th minute through Chetan Hansdah only for Suranjit Singh to restore the parity for East Bengal in the 64th minute. Thereafter, both team failed to score the winning goal in regulation time forcing the contest to be decided in extra time where East Bengal held their nerve and scored through Gurmukh Singh (114′), Dip Saha (120+1′) and skipper Jhantu Prasad (120+2′).

The match started at a furious pace with East Bengal dominating possession in the opening exchanges of the encounter and created better chances; at least three times they broke the TFA offside trap but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.

TFA gradually eased into the game and looked to catch East Bengal on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall. They wasted a number of good opportunities to break the deadlock as the two sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

TFA upped their efforts in the second-half and found the breakthrough just four minutes into the session when Chetan easily slotted home from six-yards out to make it 1-0.

Having conceded early in the second-half, East Bengal began attacking with intensity. TFA allowed their opportunity to slip from their grasp as East Bengal grew in confidence.

TFA were unable to clear their lines after repeated attempts on goal as Suranjit crashed home an unstoppable volley to level the scoreline in the 64th minute.

Thereafter, both sides engaged in an end-to-end battle but couldn’t break the deadlock as game progressed to the thirty minutes of extra time.

The teams even failed to find a breakthrough in the first-half of extra time, however, TFA lost momentum after the break and were punished by Gurmukh who took advantage of poor positioning from TFA keeper Raj Mahato to score with a right-footed shot.

Then East Bengal, with Lalchhanhima the orchestrator, took control as TFA faded, with Dip and Jhantu added two goals in just two minutes to sum up the day.

IFA Shield 2018: East Bengal and SAIL make semifinals

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club finished their campaign in the ongoing 122nd U-19 IFA Shield with a 4-0 loss against East Bengal on Wednesday at Barasat Stadium.

A brace from Lalchhanhima (16′ & 64′) along with goals from Subhanil Ghosh (42′) and Lalruatkima Silvana (90+2′) saw East Bengal finished their Group A campaign with 9 points from 3 matches while Mohammedan SC finished on the bottom of the table with a lone point.

The first real chance of the match fell to East Bengal in the 7th minute as Indrajit Sanyal made a great save to deny Lalchhanhima, who had received a pass from Jhantu Prasad from a corner kick.

Four minutes later Indrajit pulled off another superb save, this time to deny Lalruatkima’s right-footed effort from inside the box.

However despite his best efforts Indrajit could not hold East Bengal off forever and as the clock headed into the 16th minute mark Lalchhanhima slotted from the spot to give his side the lead.

Mohammedan SC had their best chance of the first stanza as Suraj Munshi rounded East Bengal keeper Sourav Oraon, but skipper Asif Hussain were unlucky to watch his shot cleared off the line by Gurmukh Singh.

While Mohammedan SC continued pushing forward, Ujjal Bag almost gave them the equalizer in the 38th minute but his spectacular shot from edge of the box flew over the bar.

Meanwhile, at the other end, East Bengal doubled their lead though Subhanil, who unleashed a rocket past Indrajit in the 42nd minute.

Mohammedan SC had a good start to the second-half and created a couple of chances early on but once again it was the finishing that was lacking.

East Bengal, meanwhile, added their third when a mistake from the Mohammedan SC defense saw Lalchhanhima benefit; he was left unmarked and unleashed a thunderous left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC threw everything they had at East Bengal defense but the Red and Golds refused to submit and ended up adding a fourth through Lalruatkima in the added time.

Elsewhere, SAIL Football Academy Burnpur swept aside ATK 1-0 to advance to the semifinals of the competition. East Bengal will play the second-placed team from Group B semifinals while SAIL will meet the winner of Group B.

IFA Shield 2018: Group A reaches crunch time

MOHAMMEDAN SC vs EAST BENGAL – 2:45 pm at Barasat Stadium

Mohammedan Sporting Club meet Group A leaders East Bengal on Wednesday in an U-19 IFA Shield encounter knowing they have to win big to give themselves any chance of advancing to the knockout stage of the competition.

It has been a tale of two very different games for Mohammedan SC. In their opening fixture against a strong ATK side, the Young Panthers exceeded all expectations by holding ATK to a draw. Throughout this game, Mohammedan SC exhibited the lethal combination of solid defense and electric counter attack. Ultimately, they looked like the better side in this game, with the real surprise being that ATK was able to hold on for the draw.

Their second game against SAIL Football Academy, however, was a completely different story. The side were sluggish, and could not keep up with the pacey SAIL attackers, resulting in a 4-0 loss for the Young Panthers. After such a promising start, for Mohammedan SC to exit the tournament now would be a massive shame.

Mohammedan SC can still pass the group, with a big victory at Barasat Stadium. That said, Young Panthers might not be facing East Bengal at the latter’s 100% level. Rumours circulating East Bengal might rest some of their key players, considering that they have already assured themselves of participation in the knockout stage of the tournament.

However, even a win may not be enough for Mohammad Sahid’s charges, as they will need to keep an eye on SAIL’s meeting with ATK at East Bengal Ground. If SAIL win, Mohammedan SC will go out. If ATK draw or win, it will all come down to goal difference.

Whereas East Bengal have enjoyed a dominant U-19 IFA Shield campaign thus far. The side currently sit comfortably atop the group after two wins from both their opening games. This also confirmed their qualification to the semifinals.

Throughout both fixtures, East Bengal clearly seemed to be the better side. Their incredible midfield corps ensured that they held more than their fair share of possession. Lalchhanhima, in particular, has looked like one of the best players in the tournament so far. Their defensive corps have shown to be incredibly solid throughout the tournament. A strong performance is expected from them despite rumours that the side will rest some key players to guarantee their fitness for the semifinal.

SAIL FOOTBALL ACADEMY VS ATK – 2:45 pm at East Bengal Ground

SAIL, on the other hand, will be inspired to avoid the wooden spoon in order to secure their spot in semifinals of the competition when they face ATK.

Following their opening 6-1 defeat to East Bengal, SAIL showed plenty of heart and determination to overcome Mohammedan SC 4-0 in their second group encounter. On the back of that convincing victory, SAIL will be feeling confident about their semifinal chances.

SAIL have looked competitive and organised at both ends of the park in their previous match and coach Trijit Das will be hoping for another strong performance from his charges against a side which he believes will provide a stern challenge.

On the other hand, the equation for ATK is simple in this one – they have no choice but to win and score as many goals as possible. However, ATK know that three points may not be enough if Mohammedan SC pull off a win over East Bengal in the other match. Should that happen, ATK and Mohammedan SC would be tied on four points each and the team that go through would be decided on goal difference.


IFA Shield 2018: SAIL humble Mohammedan SC 4-0

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club produced yet another disappointing performance in Group A of the ongoing 122nd U-19 IFA Shield as they were thrashed 4-0 by SAIL Football Academy Burnpur on Sunday at Barasat Stadium.

The big win was powered by a brace from Israfil Dewan (16′ and 64′), along with goals by Sheikh Mohammad (38′) and Avijit Mondal (73′).

The Young Panthes failed to play a cohesive game and looked mere spectators for most of the 90 minutes.

SAIL made a quick start as Sanjoy Orang played a delightful through-ball for Shouvik Ghoshal to run onto. He cut to his right and shot from just outside the box, but Indrajit Sanyal made the save.

Mohammedan SC responded moments later as Debraj Rakshit found Suraj Munshi on the right. Suraj made room to have a shot, but couldn’t keep it down and saw the ball fly well over the bar.

The breakthrough arrived in the 16th minute when a long-ball from Sanjoy found Bikram Meitei who rounded Suman Shil before cutting it back from the byline for Israfil to poke home.

Mohammedan SC had a couple of half-chances as the likes of Suraj and skipper Asif Hussain combined, but the failed to truly test Kishan Singh.

While Mohammedan SC pushed for the equalizer in the later stages of the first-half, SAIL managed to double their lead through Mohammad in the 38th minute. The winger ran onto Sudip Acharjee’s pass and slotted from close range.

Mohammedan SC looked better early in the second-half, but it was SAIL who extended their lead in the 64th minute. A long-ball was chested down by Sanjoy for Israfil, who played it straight back to his teammate. Israfil had space to work with and smashed it home.

SAIL took control of proceedings after scoring their third goal and looked like scoring a fourth as Israfil kept the pressure on the Mohammedan SC defense.

The Trijit Das-coached side added their fourth through Avijit, who smashed a long ranger home after receiving the ball from the back.

Thereafter, SAIL had few more chances but Mohammedan SC managed to see out the rest of the second-half to escape further embarrassment.

Elsewhere, East Bengal beat ATK 3-0 to became the first team to qualify for the semifinals from Group A. Jhantu Prasad scored a brace while Lalchhanhima scored the other goal.

IFA Shield 2018: Mohammedan SC aim for all three points against SAIL

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will need to deliver upfront against SAIL Football Academy Burnpur if they want to remain in the hunt for semifinal berth in the ongoing 122nd U-19 IFA Shield. The clash at Barasat Stadium begins on Sunday July 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm.

Mohammedan SC did not get the start they were hoping for. Following an opening that promised much against ATK, Mohammedan SC’s spark fizzled as the clash progressed, before ultimately being pegged back by the resilient ATK outfit. Although Deep Mondal’s 80th-minute goal saved the day for Mohammedan SC but the game leaves many questions unanswered.

Players looked comfortable on the ball and created a number of promising opportunities but they lacked cutting edge in the final third.

Mohammedan SC coach Mohammad Sahid has admitted nerves got better of his players in their opening match, and he hopes they will be more settled and confident against SAIL. They will again go into the match against SAIL as clear favourites but Sahid insists his side won’t be taking anything for granted.

“It would be a mistake to underestimate SAIL. It’s a very important game and we can’t be complacent. We will go into the match with full respect to our opponent.” Sahid said.

SAIL, on the other hand, may feel that they failed to do themselves justice in their opening match and are eager to give a better account of themselves this time around.

After being thrashed 6-1 by East Bengal on their U-19 IFA Shield debut, SAIL will need to be at their best to keep Mohammedan SC at bay. Coach Trijit Das knows that it will not get any easier against the Young Panthers, but he believes his side is more than capable of causing an upset.

IFA Shield 2018: Mohun Bagan take early initiative

KOLKATA: Subha Ghosh scored four as Mohun Bagan scored five goals in the first-half and cruised to an easy 7-1 victory over Churchill Brothers in the Group B opener of the 122nd U-19 IFA Shield on Friday at Barasat Stadium.

Two goals in the opening 15 minutes and another three before half-time made it a very easy afternoon for Mohun Bagan against a Churchill side that put up little resistance and offered very little threat in attack.

Looking to stamp their authority on proceedings, Mohun Bagan had the Churchill defense under all kinds of pressure early on and they could have scored twice in the opening three minutes, were it not for a lack of composure in front of goal by Pulak Baruah and some excellent goalkeeping from Myron Gomes.

Mohun Bagan coach Jo Paul Ancheri with scorers Subha Ghosh (immediate left), Koushik Santra (extreme left) and Sourav Das (right). By: Ajay Majumder

Mohun Bagan’s blistering start was to pay dividends in the 5th minute when Sourav Das’ cross deflected off Sanyo Fernandes into the Churchill net.

Bagan had another opportunity in the 9th minute but Churchill’s physicality cost them. However, the rampant Mohun Bagan added their second in the 14th minute, after they were awarded a penalty when Dylan Rodrigues pushed Sourav over as he approached the box. Koushik Santra calmly converted from the spot making it 2-0.

Mohun Bagan’s lingering imperfections were briefly exposed when Hussain Pinjar halved the deficit in the 16th minute.

At that point, Mohun Bagan took off. Koushik added to the total in the 36th minute, running onto Ratan Das’ return ball and curling it right-footed from outside the box into the top corner.

Subha then got in on the act two minutes later when Sourav’s clever back-heel allowed him to blaze in an angled shot from 10-yards out. Subha made it five goals in first-half added time with an excellent right-footed shot which went in off the base of the far post.

It was a slow start to the second-half, Mohun Bagan lost it’s spark in attack but it did not stopped them from scoring their sixth when a long-range shot from Subha deflected off a defender and found it’s way into the net to complete his hat-trick in the 78th minute.

Subha then got his fourth with a clinical finish at the near post in the 87th minute,  joining Azharuddin Mallick in 2015 as the only players to score four goals in an U-19 IFA Shield game.

Elsewhere, East Bengal began their campaign in Group A with a 6-1 thrashing of SAIL Football Academy Burnpur at East Bengal Ground. Lalchhanhima scored a brilliant hat-trick with Suranjit Singh, Lalhruaitluanga and Lalruatkima contributing with a goal each.

Mohammedan SC, ATK play out 1-1 in 122nd IFA Shield opener

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club started their 122nd U-19 IFA Shield group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw against ATK on Thursday at the Barasat Stadium.

After a barren first-half, ATK went ahead through Balaram Mandi in the 63rd minute but Deep Mondal restored parity sixteen minutes later.

Mohammedan SC dominated possession from the first whistle and fired the first warning shots, with skipper Asif Hossain forcing a save from the rival keeper in the second minute, and Suraj Munshi did the same 13 minutes later.

ATK were always looking to catch the Young Panthers on the counter and almost succeeded in the 27th minute when Stephanson Pale struck the woodwork with Mohammedan SC custodian Indrajit Sanyal well beaten.

Mohammedan SC continued to dominate proceedings in the later stages of the half and ATK gave up possession on numerous occasions which allowed Mohammedan SC to put them under pressure. However, Young Panthers failed to convert the chances they created as the first-half ended scoreless.

The second-half was more of the same with Mohammedan SC creating most of the chances, while ATK looked to pounce on the counter.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents ATK managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Balaram capitalized on a defensive error to beat Indrajit from close range in the 63rd minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity and managed to find the equalizer in the 79th minute when Deep headed home Asif’s cross to level the matters.

The goal gave Mohammedan SC a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely but were finding it hard to break down the ATK defense.

Ananta Kumar Ghosh’s charges were building patiently going forward with 10 minutes to play while ATK were defending with numbers behind the ball, with the hope of catching Mohammedan SC on the counter.

The Young Panthers even had a legitimate looking penalty claim in the 87th minute which turned down by referee.

ATK eventually held firm but Mohammedan SC were guilty of not testing the rival keeper enough as the final whistle blew ensuring that they started off their campaign with a share of the spoils.

Mohammedan SC would face Sail Football Academy next on July 8, 2018 at the same venue.