MUMBAI, MAY 11: Ambernath United Atlanta FC made a winning start to their Hero I-League 2 final round campaign as they beat FC Bengaluru United by 1-0 on Thursday, 11th May 2023 at the Cooperage stadium in Colaba, Mumbai.
Steven Dias’ team started from where they had left off in the group stages after winning four out of four to seal qualification to the final round.
FC Bengaluru United were fresh off a 1-0 win against Delhi FC on Matchday 1. Ambernath United Atlanta FC were starting off the final round in front of their home crowd at Cooperage.
Rahul Murali started in goal. Shravan, Umesh, Adil in defence. Nitesh Monde and Kaustubh Ravindra in midfield and five forwards with Ashley, Johnson, Aaron, Himanshu and Arif.
The match remained 0-0 until the 81st minute. It took another super substitute in Abhijit Tawhare to break the deadlock in the 82nd minute as he slotted home the winning goal.
Abhijit has proved to be a vital substitution in the previous games as well where he came on and changed the game in favour of AUA FC. The match against Dempo SC at home is one such example.
In today’s game though, the corner that came into the box caused a lot of scramble in the box. Abhijit lashed on after that scramble to score past the Bengaluru keeper to send Cooperage into jubilation.
Ambernath United Atlanta FC held on to their 1-0 lead to seal all three points and kicked off their final round campaign with a win.
With Shillong Lajong drawing 0-0 against Delhi FC, it puts Lajong at top of the table with four points. Ambernath United Atlanta FC are second in the table with three points from their opening match today. FC Bengaluru United sit third after one win and one loss. Delhi FC opened their account with one points today but their opening match loss keeps them at fourth place. United SC who lost 2-1 to Shillong on Matchday 1 are bottom of the table and yet to open their account.
With the first of two home game done today, Ambernath United Atlanta FC are in action this coming Tuesday, 16th May 2023 against table toppers Shillong Lajong at the Cooperage stadium with the kickoff at 4pm.