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TFA clinches title

By Our Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI, DEC. 20. Bimal Pariyar assisted in scoring the opening goal and then closed the proceedings with a fantastic right-footer as Tata Football Academy (TFA), Jamshedpur, defeated Bengal-Mumbai Football Club (BMFC) 2-0 and won the Lal Bahadur Shastri football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Monday.

For the youngsters of TFA, beating an experienced BMFC team brought a cup of joy.

"This win should help boost our morale as we are aiming to get into the premier division of the National Football League (NFL)," said the TFA coach Ranjan Chaudhury.

"This year we will be more focused in the NFL second division," he added.

Without doubt, TFA was a better side than its Mumbai counterpart. The forwards played in tandem with the mid-fielders and were mostly on counter-attack mode.

Despite having two Nigerian recruits on its side, BMFC failed in almost all departments of the game. TFA defenders easily tackled Nigerian Innocent Umesegha and Kennedy while the other BMFC forwards, lacked the resolve to get into the rival half.

After testing its opponent, TFA surged ahead in the 24th minute when Pariyar made a spectacular move. He went up from the right flank beating a defender before sending a cross in the middle. Lawanpuia grabbed the ball and shot straight to the goalkeeper Ehthesham Ahmed. As luck would have it, Ahmed failed to collect the ball and on the second attempt, Lawanpuia put TFA ahead.

On changing ends, Lawanpuia made a daring attempt when he penetrated from the left and beat Ahmed completely before setting up Bimal Minz. His grounder though was kicked out by BMFC defender Sajid Ansari.

Skipper Lester Fernandez and Parminder Singh kept the TFA forwards on toe with set passes. On a Parminder's clearance, Satish Kumar surged up from the left and had a failed try. As Ahmed punched out the ball, Pariyar volleyed and sent the right-footer into the net.

A few more chances came TFA's way but Pariyar and Satish muffed those towards the end of the match.

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