United Sports Club keeps semis hopes alive after 2-1 win against Air India in a crucial 2nd round match of the Durand Cup at the Raia Sports Complex, Goa today.
Goa, Oct 31 ’14 : USC juniors drew their first blood in the national senior football scenario when they out beat Air India 2-1 in their second encounter of Durand Cup 2014. Air India jumped out to an aggressive start and scored the opening goal in the 3rd minute of the match through Siddharth Nayak. but from thereon United SC continued to assert its dominance. Sankar Oraon, Surajit Bose, Sujay and Jagannath kept the Air India defenders on their toes and deservedly equalized through Babun Das in just 12 minutes of the game from a spot kick. Thereon, it was a rather slow paced match due to intense heat and both teams preferred not to take any chance. For AI it was the primordial methodology of long ball football while USC preferred to play small passes and build-ups thus keeping possession.
Unlike a young inexperienced side still to learn the ways of the world, United SC were quick to take the game in their control. Sujay Oraon punishing them with a smart finish after 44th minutes with a swerving free kick beating the AI custodian and finding the back of the net to fetch his team the first straight win. Sujay scored in back to back matches and presently leading the top scorers’ List.
Being elated with the lead, the young purple brigade started pressing on their opponent and created few scoring opportunities but failed to score. Jagannath Oraon missed a golden chance in the 65th minutes when he failed to find the target in a one-two-one situation with only the AI goalkeeper to beat. USC was denied yet another spot kick in the 76th minute when Sujay’s 25 yard curler touched the hand of an AI defender inside the box but was ignored by the referee.
The experienced USC coach Anjan Nath by then has dropped shutters in the defense and both their central defenders Eze Kingsley and Barun Oraon stood up to the occasion and displayed outstanding defending.
“All my boys are very talented and with some more experience these boys have a bright future.
We will wait for the result of the last match of the group and if we do not move ahead from here, we go back, re-group and prepare ourselves for the next tournament”….. said the USC coach Anjan Nath. He also added “Most of our players are products of our Youth Development Program who are with us since last 7/8 years and it seems we are now getting the benefits.”
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