The U18 and U16 ‘ A’ were in action in the MDFA Div I & II play-offs respectively and U16 ‘B’ were playing in the MDFA Div III
Jal Sonpal, Mumbai FC Media
It was a busy day on the field for the Mumbai youth players and the coaches with three matches in one day.
In a morning kick-off, Mumbai’s U16 ‘B’ team beat BPCL 3-1 in the MDFA Division III. The boys started the match in full throttle as they scored twice early in the first half. Goals from Abhishek and Anantha made sure that the Mumbaikars took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The second half started with similar vigour as the first half as Aman scored to make it 3-0. BPCL scored a goal later on but it was too late as the boys held back and sealed their 3-1 win, grabbing three vital points in the process.
The U16 were in action against Juhu Strikers in the MDFA Division II at MSSA as the match ended in a 2-2 draw with three goals coming in the final 10 minutes. Juhu Strikers took the lead at the 15th minute as a long ball caught out the defenders. The score stayed the same till halftime despite the Mumbaikars dominating possession and chances.
The second half contained proper end to end action as the boys tried to overturn the deficit. The boys left it late to equalise in the 83rd minute as Kamran Ansari converted a penalty.
A Juhu Strikers defender was awarded a red card for misconduct leading to countless attacks from Mumbai. The opposition scored against the run of play in the 90th minute to make it 2-1 and shifted the momentum of the game for the final five minutes. This time it was Mumbai who scored against the run of play as Zimik made it 2-2.
Starting XI: - Nikhil(C), Harshal(GK), Ankit, Jahan, Ishan, Shardul, Zimik, Kamran, Divanshu, Osama, Essa
Subs: Satvik, Yangmaso, Shubham, Meet, Archis, Aniket
With a win versus RM Mandal in the first play-off match, Mumbai U16 have 4 points in 2 matches in the MDFA Div II Pool D.
The U18 team had an evening kick-off in the MDFA Division I Play-offs versus Mumbai Port Trust at the St. Xavier’s Parel where the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The match was played under flood lights and Mumbai took the lead in the 28th minute after dominating chances via Arbaaz Kapadia who scored from Bryce Miranda’s through ball. The boys dominated the entire half against a strong and physical Port Trust side.
The second half had the same tempo as the first with the defenders giving a solid performance midfield dominating possession, and forwards showing attacking flair. Port Trust scored at the death to equalise against the run of play as the match ended 1-1.
Starting XI: Thote; Brandon, Kartik (C), Abu Hamza, Roysten; Sanath, Melroy, Kashif; Rolden, Arbaaz, Bryce
Subs: Rishabh (GK), Dhruvmil, Rabiul, Calvin
After drawing the first match in Pool D, Mumbai U18 have 2 points in 2 games. The match between Port Trust and Steadfast on 18th April will decide Mumbai U18’s fate in the league as the top two qualify for the Division I quarter-finals.