Mumbai: The Maharashtra Under-14 boys, riding on Kamran Ansari’s finishing skills, came up with another commanding performance to defeat Delhi 2-1 and book a place in the quarter-finals of the AIFF Under-14 National Football Championships underway in Kalyani on Tuesday.
With both teams needing a win to qualify from Cluster VI, it was Maharashtra who began on an attacking note and scored even before the Delhi players had got into their paces. Latching on to a pass from Pranav Kanse in the 2nd minute, Ansari slotted home after getting past a couple of defenders. Ansari made it 2-0 in the 10th minute, this time curling in a free kick from about 30 yards out.
Though the Delhi lads regrouped, they found it very difficult to breach the Maharashtra defence, where Krish Parekh had an exceptional game keeping the attackers at bay.
Maharashtra ended up playing the last few minutes with ten men. This enabled the Delhi team to pull one back in the 90th minute with Dasgupta getting on the score sheet. Coach Augusto was happy with the team’s performance. “We played well and stuck to our game plan. Kamran, Clivert and Krish had excellent games and the team defended very well.”