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 during the third day of the PL-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup 2020 here at the Reliance Corporate Park Football Ground, Navi Mumbai.
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, the boys from Chelsea continued to press the Goa midfield and through the flanks, in search of finding an inroad inside the box.
Prajoy Gawde put in some timely challenges and he 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 before a goalfest in the following six minutes. 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’s goal just before the half time whistle.
Phillips bagged his brace through some deft touches in the 29th minute finding the corner 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 for Goa but his header found the back off the crossbar in the 40th minute.
Finally, Ato Ampah put his name on the scoresheet as he stepped up to take a spot-kick in the injury time and to the top-right corner to conclude a five star performance for his team.