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Hat-trick of wins for Chennaiyin FC U-13s in Hero Sub-Junior League

The Chennaiyin FC U-13 team. (Photo courtesy: Chennaiyin FC)
The Chennaiyin FC U-13 team. Photo courtesy: Chennaiyin FC

The Chennaiyin FC Under-13 team notched a hat-trick of wins in the 2018-19 Hero Sub-Junior League Chennai Zone with a resounding 7-0 win over Raman Vijayan Soccer School (RVSS) U-13s at the SSN College Ground in Chennai today. Pondicherry-born forward K. Karmugilan starred with a hat-trick for CFC with second-half substitute Karan Chakravarthy scoring a brace. G. Arulesh had opened the scoring for Chennaiyin as S. Varun Kumar also added one from the spot.

The CFC U-13s maintained their 100% record in the Chennai Zone, having scored 22 goals so far without reply. Karmugilan now has five goals to his name, CFC’s top-scorer so far this campaign. Chennaiyin face FC Madras in their next encounter in an away game on Thursday 4th April 2019 at the FC Madras Arena.

For the third consecutive game, the CFC U-13s’ starting eleven was unchanged. And they were quick off the blocks, opening the scoring as early as the seventh minute. Arulesh rose the highest from an M. Ajay Kumar corner to make it 1-0 to CFC.

Goalscorer Arulesh turned provider a few minutes later, when he set up K. Karmugilan inside the box for CFC’s second goal of the afternoon.

Chennaiyin created a flurry of chances thereafter and continued their domination of RVSS. The third goal eventually came in the 27th minute, when Mohammed Irfan was fouled in the box by an RVSS defender. Varun stepped up and scored his second penalty in as many matches; his third goal of the campaign so far.

Before the half-time break, CFC were 4-0 up, thanks to Karmugilan’s second of the afternoon, following a pass from skipper Akash M. from the left.

It was more of the same after the break, as all the action was being played in the RVSS half. Substitute E. Kannan had an instant impact, assisting Karmugilan’s hat-trick goal from the right flank on 50 minutes.

Another substitute Karan Chakravarthy, who hails from Coimbatore, joined the scoring party soon after. His first was from the rebound following an attempt by Vijay. His second and CFC’s seventh was a brilliant solo effort, after beating three defenders and scoring from inside the box in stoppage time.

(Chennaiyin FC)