Second placed Kickstart FC won their final league game against MEG & C FC comfortably as well, but they needed BFC ‘B’ to either lose or draw to clinch the George Hoover Trophy. In the end they ended up only a point behind Bengaluru FC and remained unbeaten for the duration of the season.
In the first of the two matches on the final day of the season, Bengaluru FC were up against last years’ second placed team Ozone FC. But Ozone FC are sixth in the league this season and didn’t look convincing over the course – especially going forward.
Suresh Singh Wangjam who made an appearance in the senior team’s win over FC Goa a day ago looked at ease in the Reserves side and helped them take the lead in the 31st minute. A swift counter-attack from an Ozone FC corner saw Suresh Singh being released into space on the left side. The midfielder ran the the length of the goal, cut back against the defender marking him and eased the ball past the keeper.
A second goal came eight minutes later in the 39th minute with Advait Shinde and Edmund Lalrindika combining and carrying the ball from midfield with Edmund finding the back of the net. This was Edmund’s ninth goal of the Super Div campaign. The Blues scored a third in the second half (76′) after Naorem Roshan was brought down in the box. Ajay Chhetri stepped up to seal the win amidst chants of “Who needs Sunil, we have Ajay!”
Kickstart FC were up against MEG & C FC in the second match of the day. Although they played with the knowledge that the Blues had already sealed the title, they hammered four goals past MEG & C FC. Some belters and expert finishing by Nikhil and Sudheer who contributed with a brace each.
Bengaluru FC ‘B’ lost their first game of the 2019-20 season to ASC & C FC. Since that setback, they have been solid and won almost of their matches except for their draw against contenders Kickstart FC.
Retaining this title means a lot because we’ve done it with a significantly younger squad. Many of these players are U18 and have never played a competitive league before.
It bodes well for their future!Naushad Moosa, Coach, Bengaluru FC ‘B’