Today in Navi Mumbai’s Reliance Foundation Developmental League (RFDL), ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) defeated the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) by a score of five to take third place. The score remained tied at one until the hour mark. But the Mariners’ strong fourth quarter allowed them to win the game and the season.
ATKMB’s star forward Kiyan Nassiri Giri scored the game’s first goal in the 18th minute with a superb finish. Kiyan, 22, has made 29 appearances for his team in the Indian Super League (ISL). And that experience showed in the way he held on to the defenders. And created space to score the morning’s opening goal. With a strong strike from forward Sanan Mohammed K in the 26th minute, RFYC soon reacted. Following that, the two teams continued to battle for a decisive victory. But it was Brijesh Giri of the Kolkata-based team who eventually managed to retake the lead for his team. And turn the tide of the game in their favour.
ATK Mohun Bagan place at 3rd position
After then, ATKMB kept total control of the game as striker Uttam Hansda, who had been on the bench, scored the team’s third goal by converting a low cross from the right wing. The visitors carved open RFYC’s backline from both the centre and the wings, and they held possession for the majority of the game’s last 20 minutes despite RFYC’s continued efforts to cut their deficit. Defenders Dippendu Biswas and Amandeep both scored once to cap off that period of domination in the 89th and extra time, respectively, to give their squad a deserving five-star effort.
Arata Izumi, the coach of the RFYC, said that he will use the lessons learned from the RFDL National Championship to overcome the last obstacle the following season. Prior to this point in the competition, RFYC was undefeated, and Izumi has learned a great deal from their losses in the last two games.
ATKMB 5 (Kiyan Nassiri Giri 18’, Brijesh Giri 59’, Uttam Hansda 69’, Dippendu Biswas 89’, Amandeep 90+3’) – RFYC 1 (Sanan Mohammed K 26’)
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