Young Blues qualify for final phase in Sub-Junior League

Ayush, Ishaan, Yodhin On Target As Rajan Mani’s Side Beat Raman Sports Academy 3-1

Bengaluru: There were no signs of Bengaluru FC’s U13s taking their foot off the pedal as Rajan Mani’s side secured a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Raman Vijayan Sports Academy in their sixth game in Group B of the Bengaluru Zone in the Hero Sub-Junior League, at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday. The win sealed a top place finish in Group B of the Bengaluru Zone for the Young Blues (18 points) who qualified for the final phase of the competition with an unassailable lead at the top with two rounds to go.

In what was their sixth successive win, it was Ashem Robert Meitei who gave the visitors a 23rd minute lead before goals from all three BFC strikers, Ayush Goel (33’), Ishaan Raghunanda (66’) and Yodhin Rishyak (68’), made it 3-1 to the Young Blues.

Raman Vijayan Sports Academy were handed a lead inside the half hour mark as a free-kick from the edge of the box deflected off Joshua Wilson in the BFC wall to drop kindly at the far post where Meitei made no mistake with the tap-in. Bengaluru responded just 10 minutes later as Yodhin and Ishaan combined in midfield before the latter drove forward with possession. Ishaan’s cross into the area would be converted by Ayush with a left-footed shot as both sides entered the break with the scores level.

Raman Vijayan Sports Academy would deny the young Blues on multiple occasions but mistakes from goalkeeper Arnav Sharma would cost them in the final ten minutes. Unable to judge the direction of a cross from Ishaan Arnav fumbled at the near post, gifting Bengaluru a lead with four minutes left to play. The ‘keeper would be in the thick of the action once again as Yodhin’s long-range effort would slip through his grasp and roll past the goal-line, handing the young Blues all points for a sixth game on the trot.

Bengaluru FC next face Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence on March 28th, at the Jain Global Campus Ground.