New Delhi, Mar 24: India U-16 Football team outclassed the Singapore U-17 side 3-1 in their second match of the Jockey Club International Youth Invitational Football Tournament in Hong Kong here on Saturday to prove how football is growing in the country.
The tournament is an U-17 tourney where India is fielding their U-16 team as part of their preparation for the AFC U-16 finals slated to be held in September 2018.
According to All India Football Federation (AIFF), goalkeeper Biaka was pressed into action early on as he made a save in the 2nd minute itself, after which it was all India as the boys pressed forward. Givson’s free-kick was stopped by the goalie while Sailo missed the target narrowly.
Finally, in the 24th minute India took the lead as midfielder Ricky John Shabong passed to Rohit Danu who finished it off in style.
Two minutes later Danu doubled the lead. This time from Bekey Oram’s ball, thereby giving India a 2-0 lead heading into half-time.
Givson earned a free-kick early on after the break but his shot was once again kept out. Later on, substitute Harpreet came on and immediately found himself with a couple of chances but he was unable to convert them into goals.
Ridge Melvin added to the tally with his goal in the 71st minute after rattling the crossbar a minute earlier.
Singapore pulled one back from the spot in the 82nd minute as the match ended 3-1.
The boys next play Hong Kong in their last match of the tournament on Sunday.