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Sreyas V. G Inspires MAFC To Crucial 1-0 Win Against UFC In Punjab Super League Second Division

MAFC traveled to Amritsar for their first away match in the Punjab Super League Second Division to face United Football Club at the GNDU football ground.

MAFC skipper Anwar Ali was partnered by Karthik Bisht in the center of defense, while Nikhil Mali and Radhakanta occupied the flanks upfront. Shreyas VG, the man who scored the winner for MAFC in their previous game against International FC, started through the centre, and the away team began with their usual 4-3-3 formation.

Yan Law’s team started the brighter with two early chances that could have given MAFC the lead – both through the right boot of Sreyas. The striker netted the first but it was ruled out for offside, while he pulled the second shot wide.

It was evenly matched in the first half, with MAFC enjoying the lion’s share of possession but neither team created any further clear-cut chances.

It was 0-0 at the break.

MAFC surprisingly started the second half poorly, with misplaced passes that could have given UFC the advantage. But the home team couldn’t capitalize on a spell of slack display from MAFC, and neither team were able to boast of their dominance for most part of the second half.

Suraj Mallick, the man between the sticks for MAFC, was a mere spectator for most of the game, but he was called into action late on in the 85th minute, where he was one-on-one with the UFC striker. The 20-year old made himself big and stretched out a leg to make a crucial save at a crucial juncture in the game.

And then came the match-winning moment for MAFC. Lalrinchhana chipped the ball over the UFC defense for Sreyas to latch onto, and this time the striker’s right boot did manage to convert, as he slotted the ball calmly beyond the goalkeeper’s right in injury time.

The late goal proved to be a nail in the UFC coffin and was enough for MAFC to bring home the three points. They now have two wins from their two games in the Punjab Super League Second Division.

Minerva Academy FC face Principal Harbhajan SA on 13th January, 2020 at their home ground in Mohali.

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