4/29/2018 11:30:57 PM (GMT+3)

Roots Football School hold Chennaiyin FC U-13 1-1

Roots Football School hold Chennaiyin FC U-13 1-1

KOLKATA: The Chennaiyin FC Under-13 team extended their unbeaten run as they came from behind to draw 1-1 against Roots Football School (RFS) in the U-13 National Youth League final round opener at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) Practice Ground here on Sunday.

Playing their first competitive match outside Tamil Nadu, the CFC U-13s equalized through Mohamed Liyaakath in the second half after Gambheer B. had given RFS the lead in the first.

A team comprising players only from Tamil Nadu, the CFC U-13s knew the challenge ahead of them was a big step-up from the Chennai zone. And RFS, with a team made up of players from all around the country, dominated the first half, keeping Chennaiyin keeper Amarishwar Reddy extremely busy. The CFC custodian made some important saves to keep RFS out, a double-save off his line particularly impressive.

Chennaiyin’s only real chance in the first period was a Liyaakath shot that went wide as Roots continued to pile on the pressure. And albeit fortuitously, the team from Bengaluru deservingly went ahead in first-half stoppage time. Gambheer’s cross from the right went in off a deflection from CFC skipper Rahul K., as the keeper lost flight of the ball.

Chennaiyin were more of the team that won the Chennai zone with a 100% record in the second-half as they played higher up pitch, not allowing Roots to come forward. All the football was being played in the RFS half as CFC strikers Liyaakath and K. Suriya went close on separate occasions.

The CFC equalizer did arrive on the hour mark when Liyaakath rose the highest to head from a Rahul corner, a thoroughly deserved goal for all their hard work in the second period. It was a special goal for the CFC boys, their first at the national stage, in their debut season. And it was met with huge applause from their parents, who had travelled all the way from Chennai to cheer them on.