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.

122nd IFA Shiled commence from July 5

KOLKATA: The 122nd edition of the IFA Shield is slated to begin from July 5, 2018 in Kolkata. This year’s IFA Shield will not feature any foreign teams.

First held in 1893, IFA Shield is one of the oldest tournament of the country and the fourth oldest of the world, but gradually lost it’s glamour and relevance since the turn of the decade, and from 2015 the organizers of the tournament, the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) decided to make it an Under-19 tournament.

Eight teams are divided into two groups and the top two teams from each group will progress to the semifinals which are slated to be played on July 15 and 16 respectively, with the showpiece final to be held on July 19. Matches will be played at Barasat Stadium, East Bengal Ground and Mohun Bagan Ground.

East Bengal, FC Pune City, Mohammedan Sporting Club and ATK are clubbed in Group A while Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Tata Football Academy and the winner of the qualifying round make up Group B.

The qualifying round for the IFA Shield is starts from June 26 with a total of 13 teams. FC Pune City were the winners of the tournament last time around.

U18 I-League – Final Phase: TFA Beat Salgaocar 2-0 To Enter Final

Shyamal Majumder

Howrah: Tata Football Academy entered the final of the ongoing U18 I-League after beating Salgaocar FC 2-0 in the second semi-final played at the Howrah Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday.

The Greens were defeated courtesy a second-half brace from Shaikhom Ronald Singh (47′ & 64′) after a barren first-half.

The first-half kicked off to a lively game as both the teams put up a great show for the fans. The midfield was set on fire by TFA’s Billu Teli and Abhishek Nair who kept feeding their forward Ronald Singh who haunted the Green’s defense with his pace. But the Salgaocar lads were not to be fazed easily, Daniel Gomes stood tall at the back as he denied nearly 5 attempts at the goal.

Liston Colaco the star for the Greens thus far, had his share of attempts especially with a free-kick in the 30th minute which left the crowd wanting for more. Despite holding much of the possession, Salgaocar weren’t able to make any impact by the stroke of lemon-break as both the teams stood goalless.

TFA saw the back of the net in less than two minutes of the second-half by their skipper Ronald Singh who capitalised on a defensive error. This didn’t seem to slow the Greens down; instead they launched a series of great attacks from Liston & his team-mate Aldrich Coelho as a result of some well-timed passes by Denil Rebello and Kaushik Negi. This almost resulted in an equaliser from a free-kick from just outside the TFA box which just sailed over the post.

The defensive leaks however seemed to be left unplugged which allowed Ronald Singh to capitalise & score his second of the day in the 64th minute. With this, Tata Football Academy sealed their place in the finals where they face reigning champions AIFF Elite Academy, who overcame Aizawl FC U18 with a convincing 3-0 win. Salgaocar Juniors will now fight for the 3rd spot against Aizawl FC.


U18 I-League – Final Phase: Salgaocar reday to face TFA in semifinal

Debabrata Majumder

KOLKATA: Salgaocar FC have made it into the semi-finals of the U18 I-League as the Greens are prepared to face Tata Football Academy at the Howrah ground in Kolkata on Sunday.

Salgaocar colts enter the knock-out stages of the competition from the Group B where they were tested by the likes of Pune FC, Aizawl FC, Royal Wahingdoh & home side East Bengal. Losing only 1 of the 4 games to Aizawl FC & picking up victories in the rest they finished as the group leaders.

Salgaocar lads entered this group after they faced some tough competition in the Zonal Qualifiers from counterparts of the like of AIFF Elite Academy, Dempo Sports Club, Sporting Clube De Goa & Sports Authority of India – Goa.

The Greens coach Anthony Pereira is happy with the way his team has performed thus far & he is hopeful to reach the finals as he said “The boys deserve all the accolades for their outstanding show in the U-18 I-League. If we can play to our potential, we can win the U-18 I-League.”

Tata Football Academy hasn’t had it easy on their road to this year’s semi-finals. Coming a long way from last year where they didn’t even make it out of their zonal round. This year they overcame the odds to qualify against teams like Mohun Bagan, Sports Authority of India – Kolkata, Mohammedan Sporting Club, East Bengal & United Sports Club.  Their group draw was no walk in the park either as they drew against reigning champions AIFF Elite Academy, DSK Shivajians, Sports Authority of India – Guwahati & Lonestar Kashmir FC.

Having lost just 1 of their fixtures against AIFF Elite Academy, they cleared the other fixtures to finish as Group A’s runners-up.

TFA’s Coach had this to say “We are focussed on development, we are here for the result but it’s not our primary goal. The boys have shown their true potential and it’s time for them to keep their head straight till the final whistle.”

The game is scheduled to kick-off tomorrow at 02:00 PM.

U18 I-League: East Bengal edge Mohun Bagan in five-goal thriller


Kolkata: East Bengal registered a fluent 3-2 win over their arch rivals Mohun Bagan in the return leg encounter of  U18 I-League’s Kolkata Derbey played at Mohun Bagan Ground, here on Sunday afternoon.

The crowd witnessed plenty of action on and off the field where at the breather East Bengal were leading 2-1 courtesy goals from their skipper Budhwa Bara and Achinta Ghosh after Mohun Bagan have taken the lead through Jerry Dresnas Pulamte.

Both teams played 1-1 stalemate in their earlier meeting last month, started the game with positive intent. However, it was the mariners who drew the first blood.

The home side surged ahead early in the game as East Bengal keeper Amit Biswas missed the flight of a Jerry Dresnas shot that went into the back of the net in the 9th minute.

However, East Bengal were never out of the game as they gradually gained control and were eventually paid for their better performance when Budhwa Bara sloteed the equaliser for the red and golds courtesy a brilliant ball from Bijoy Roy in the 26th minute.


It was a one way traffic for East Bengal thereafter as they began pushing up in numbers forcing Mohun Bagan play deep in their own half.

Six minutes before the half-time the visitors gained one goal advantage through Achinta GhoshThe East Bengal number 9 netted from a defence splitting pass played by Somnath Nayek.

Mohun Bagan came out strong in the second half and began attacking from the word go and equalised within 10 mintues into the half through Azaharuddin Mallick. The Mohun Bagan captain slotted the ball home from a low cross inside by Pintu Mahata.

East Bengal attacked relentlessly in the later stages of the half and thier constant pressure finally paid off as they once again took the lead courtesy Budhwa in the 80th minute which eventually turned out to be the decisive.


The win was also East Bengal’s forth of the Kolkata-Jamshedpur Zonal Round and takes their tally to 16 points on second spot in the standings only a point behind leadres Tata Football Academy, while Mohun Bagan are at fourth spot on 8 points.

Photo By: Debabrata Majumder

U15 Youth League: United SC put three past TFA

Kalyani: United Sports Club convincingly ease past Tata Football Academy (TFA) 3-0 in their Kolkata-Jamshedpur Zonal Round encounter of U15 Youth League at Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Tarak Hembram (45′), Sudipta Malakar (50′) and Anupam Sarkar (71′) proved to be enough for the hosts to log their 5th win of the compitition, that consolidated their position at top of the league table with 15 points from 6 six games.

The hosts played attacking game from the word go but some desperate defending from the visitors kept United SC at bay until the first-half stoppage time when Hembram netted the opener for the hosts. The young midfielder tricked the TFA goalkeeper and slotted the ball home to give his side a solitary goal lead at interval.

United SC doubled their advantage within five minutes into the second-half courtesy Sudipta and Anupam found the back of the net in the 71st minute making it 3-0 for the hosts.

The scoreline reamined same at the full-time.

Following the result TFA stayed rooted at the bottom of the table with 5 points from six games.

Army XI edge past Tata Football Academy in 35th All India Governor’s Gold Cup

Army XI edge past Tata Football Academy 1-0 to advance in to the next round of 35th All India Governor’s Gold Cup on Saturday (11 October) afternoon at Paljor Stadium, Sikkim.

Both the teams were locked in a barren goalless draw till 120th minute but a late own goal from TFA’s Subham Ghosh in 123rd minute secured the fate of the match in favour of Army XI.

Tomorrow Sikkim Boys will face Aryan Club at the same venue on 2 pm.

Sikkim Himalayan SC beat Kalighat MS in the opening fixture of 35th Governor’s Gold Cup

35th All India Governor’s Gold Cup 2014 started at Paljor Stadium, Sikkim on Friday (10 October). Honarable Governor of Sikkim Mr. Shriniwas Patil was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club & Kalighat MS competed in the opening fixture of the tournament.  Two second half goals from Sudesh Subha and Captain Bhaichung Bhutia  saw Sikkim Himalayan SC scripting a convincing 2-0 win over Kolkata outfit Kalighat MS and advancing in to the next round.

Tomorrow Tata Football Academy will take on Army XI at Paljor Stadium on 2 pm.

Tata Football Academy lifted the U-19 I-League trophy

Tata Football Academy lifted the U-19 I-League trophy for the season 2013/14 following a 4-0 thumping of Hindustan FC U-19 side in the final day of the tournament at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur on Tuesday, April 29.

Manipuri lad Udanta Singh was the main attraction of the afternoon as the 18-year-old striker pumped in all the four goals and was the sole threat throughout the 90 minutes in the game. In the process, Udanta notched up nine goals from the five games in the Final Round of the Competition, and rightfully made his mark in it.

East Bengal striker Jiten Murmu is second in the list of the top scorers with seven goals from five games.

Shakti Chauhan, the Head Coach of the Tata Academy Colts, was ecstatic following the win, and he has saluted his team and the entire coaching staff for the victory in the tournament.

“It was a complete team effort. That is just it! Everybody worked together, the players, as well as the entire Coaching Staff – our Goalkeeper Coach Gumpe Rime, myself, the assistant Coaches, all the backroom staff, just everyone” Chauhan said.

“As for now, we are heading for a party to celebrate the success of Team Effort!”

Tata Football Academy finished their campaign in the tournament with 13 points from five games – and also remained unbeaten. Kolkata outfit East Bengal finished runners-up here as well, as they notched up 10 points from the five games.

Sesa Football came third with nine points.

The AIFF Academy, Navi Mumbai, had a bitter luck, as they lost thrice in the Final Round, to finish second last in the competition, ahead of Hindustan FC, and below Shillong Lajong FC.