Mumbai Premier League; MYJ-GMSC edge ICL Mumbai in 5 goal thriller

MYJ-GMSC solidifies top spot of Mumbai Premier League table with first-half brilliance courtesy of Manuel, Swamy & Vinod’s goals.

From the outset, MYJ FC asserted their dominance, with Jay Bhavnani orchestrating an early breakthrough in the 8th minute. A sublime one-two play on the right flank between Harshal and Shameer set the stage for Bhavani’s pinpoint lob over the defense, perfectly met by Manuel Dsouza, who clinically finished into the bottom left corner with precision, courtesy of composure from Manuel. Unfortunately, Dsouza’s goal-scoring moment was cut short due to an injury shortly after.

Moments later, Shameer, buoyed by MYJ’s momentum, showcased his prowess with a solo run, evading multiple defenders before narrowly missing a spectacular goal.

However, ICL Mumbai swiftly responded, capitalizing on a free-kick opportunity in the 20th minute. Their captain delivered a tantalizing cross into the box, where No. 22 Ishaq Shaikh rose above MYJ’s defense to head the ball into the net, leveling the score temporarily. Yet, MYJ reclaimed their lead in the 33rd minute, with Bhavnani once again at the heart of the action. His low cross deflected twice to ICL Defense before gliding off, eventually finding Vinod Pandey on the second post unmarked, who calmly slotted the ball home. Bhavnani continued to dictate play, demonstrating his vision with a precise through ball to Shameer on the edge of the box in the 45th minute, extending MYJ’s lead just before halftime.

Despite relentless attempts from MYJ, they couldn’t add much to tally. Harshal & Shameer were key in the final 3rd. They made numerous Crosses but the ball kept falling in no man’s land. Meanwhile ICL had job to do in the 2nd Half.

ICL Mumbai intensified their efforts to shift the momentum in their favor. In the crucial 53rd minute, they managed to narrow MYJ’s lead to just one goal. It was a moment of brilliance from ICL’s left winger, who delivered a pinpoint cross into the box, causing a momentary stumble in MYJ’s defense. Amidst the chaos, Umesh’s attempted clearance inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net, much to the dismay of MYJ supporters.

Despite ICL’s growing threat in their counterattacks, they struggled to capitalize on their opportunities. The late surge from ICL Mumbai posed some intimidating threats towards MYJ’s goal, but MYJ’s defense remained resolute, thwarting every attempt with determination. Meanwhile, Jai Bhavnani’s composed presence in the midfield played a crucial role in controlling the tempo of the game, ultimately tipping the scales in favor of MYJ.

With Bhavnani’s leadership and MYJ’s unwavering defense, they managed to maintain their slim lead until the final whistle, securing a hard-fought victory and extending their impressive unbeaten streak.

Although ICL mounted a late charge, MYJ’s defense held firm, ensuring their 3-2 victory at full time. With this win, MYJ-GMSC FC extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, solidifying their position at the top of the table in the Mumbai Premier League. As the tournament approaches its thrilling conclusion, Mumbai football enthusiasts can expect some more captivating matches and exciting twists in the coming days.

– As reported by Pranjal

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