U-14s stage comeback against champs Stadium FC
FC Mangalore U-14’s made it two wins out of two with in their debut season in the Karnataka Youth Premier League 2021 with a come from behind victory over defending champions Stadium FC at the FSV Arena in Bangalore. The lads showed grit and determination to bounce back from their initial setback and register a famous win.
Under 14 KSA Youth League 2021
FC Mangalore 2-1 Stadium FC
Zayed Haque 30′
Own Goal 56′
Stadium FC began strongly, taking the lead in the first half thanks to a flowing move which was finished off from close range. Credit to the lads that they did not buckle under the pressure and instead strived forward in an effort to work their way back into the game.
The lads were finally rewarded at the half hour mark when Zayed Haque found the equalizer from a neat finish to make it all square at 1-1.
The all-important winner arrived midway through the second half. All of the persistent pressure built up by the lads finally paid dividends when a Stadium FC defender inadvertently ended up deflecting the ball into his own net to give FC Mangalore the all important lead at 2-1 with just over twenty minutes to spare.
At full-time, the FC Mangalore lads were jubilant as they registered the three points and also bagged a famous victory against arguably the best team in the competition.
“I am really proud that the lads kept fighting despite being a goal down. Never once did they throw in the towel and it was refreshing to see that they were ready to sacrifice for the cause of the team and that is what matters eventually.”– Sanju Gopalan, Head Coach FC Mangalore U-14s
FC Mangalore now leads the standings in first place with six points from two games.