High-flying Air India win opener

Apr 19, 2012, 09:43 IST | A Correspondent

Two goals in the second period enabled local outfit Air India to pull off a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Chirag United, Kerala in the opening round league match of the U-20 I-League, organised by WIFA and hosted at the Fr Agnel's Multipurpose Stadium in Vashi, Navi Mumbai yesterday.

In what proved to be a fast-paced and physical encounter with chances few and far between, Air India’s clinical finishing in front of goal was pivotal in securing the win.

Air India defender Lawrence Betgeri (left) clears the ball yesterday

The dreadlock was broken in the 52nd minute when Air India substitute Harold Fernandes’ measured cross released Prakash Khatti and the striker kept his cool to place a low shot past the hapless keeper. Sagar Bedekar netted the second goal for Air India in the 86th minute. The win takes Air India to the top of their qualifying group with matches against Pune FC, Mumbai FC and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited left to play in the coming week.

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