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Chelsea colts drub FC Goa in Next Gen Mumbai Cup (lead)

Wednesday - February 26, 2020 11:12 pm , Category : SPORTS
Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) The youth team of Chelsea continued their enviable run of form with a convincing 5-0 win over their counterparts from FC Goa on the third day of the PL-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup at the Reliance Corporate Park football ground in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.
Goa started steadily and were disciplined in their defensive approach from the beginning. Despite the boys from Chelsea maintaining possession of the ball for most of the match, the home team ensured that the Blues were not able to pierce the defence to bother Gaurs' goalkeeper Micky Dias.
However, Chelsea colts continued to press the Goa midfield and through the flanks in search of an inroad inside the box.
Prajoy Gawde put in some timely challenges and was well supported by Reezvon Fernandes who managed to keep the Blues at bay during the initial part of the game.
However, Chelsea broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when Kamarni Ryan broke free from the shadows of his marker and comfortably slotted the ball into the net.
Just a minute later, Ato Ampah, who had a brilliant outing against Southampton on Tuesday, set up a perfect assist for Jack Phillips who made no mistake in slotting the ball home just before the half-time whistle.
Phillips bagged his brace through some deft touches in the 29th minute when found the back of the net.
Kamarni grabbed his opportunity of doubling his tally when he took on Goa's defenders and manoeuvred the ball into the back of the net through a neat strike from near the box. FC Goa's Bryson Pereira nearly reduced the deficit but his header found the crossbar in the 40th minute.
Ato Ampah then put his name on the scoresheet as he stepped up to take a spot-kick in the injury time and placed it on the top right corner to conclude a five-star performance for the visitors.
Meanwhile, the boys from Manchester United prevailed over Southampton U-14s with a 3-1 win in the final game of Day 3.
Despite the 'Young Saints' putting in an improved performance, the United youngsters had it relatively easy.

--IANS rkm/arm