The Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) won their first match in the Premier League Next Generation Cup against Sudeva Delhi FC, defeating the squad led by Chencho Dorji 1-0.
On Thursday of last week, Sudeva eliminated RFYC from the recently finished Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL). But tonight, the group outperformed itself and effectively took three points away from the Delhi-based club.
Both teams couldn’t break the tie until the halftime siren, making it a close game. In the 39th minute, an amazing free kick by Seilenthang Lotjem came within inches of giving Sudeva the lead. The RFDL runners-up appeared to be getting closer to scoring the game’s opening goal when their spinning attempt narrowly missed hitting the woodwork.
Sanan Mohammed made a cunning move to intercept a pass from the flank. And placed it into the goal to record the game’s lone goal for RFYC, who entered the second half with some renewed vigour.
Ashray Bharadwaj is a defender for Sudeva. He was used late in the game to play as a centre striker in an attempt to change things up. However, RFYC started their campaign on a strong note and maintained their lead until the very end.
Coach Dorji of Sudeva acknowledged that managing inconsistency among a younger bunch of players is never easy. Although he promised that Sudeva Delhi FC and RFYC will play Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at RCP on May 20, Saturday. He asserted that his team needed to come up to the level that they had demonstrated in the RFDL semifinals last week.
RFYC 1 (Sanan Mohammed 45’) – 0 Sudeva Delhi FC
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