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Rakesh Oram nets winner to help AIFF Elite Academy reach final round

AIFF Elite Academy

AIFF Elite Academy

Rakesh Oram scored the only goal of the game in 1-0 return fixture against Sesa Football Academy at Sircaim as the AIFF Elite Academy boys sealed their berth in the final round of the U-19 I-League with five victories in a row and three matches left in hand.

The winger Oram scored his fourth league goal in the 16th minute, when skipper Robinson Singh spotted the run of Oram, who ghosted between two defenders who were distracted by Kamalpreet Singh’s movement in front of goal, before the winger sweetly cushioned the ball past rival goalkeeper. That proved to be enough to inflict a third defeat of the group stage on Sesa Football Academy.

In a thick of a moment it was Rakesh Oram again into the action; as he brushed the side netting with a swerving effort from outside the area. Sesa Football Academy responded well by trying to get themselves back into the game by launching series of energetic bursts, one that ended with a shot that required a good stop from the AIFF Elite Academy’s goalkeeper Sayak Barai.

However, AIFF Elite Academy nearly got their second goal just before half-time, when Milan Basumatary’s tap in on Amey Ranawade’s cross went agonisingly wide off the post. At half-time the score read 1-0.

After the break, it was all AIFF Elite Academy that enjoyed maximum possession. The introduction of Lalramzauva in midfield along with Delbert Fernandes upfront; failed to inject more zip into their attack. Despite of few exchanges in the middle of the park by Sesa Football Academy, the AIFF Under-19 boys made sure to protect their lead and secure a seat in the Final Phase of Under-19 I-League 2015.

The AIFF Elite Academy will face Dempo SC in their following away fixture on January 31, 2015 at Sircaim. Match starts at 15.45 IST.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)