LOCAL FOOTBALL - CHANDIGARH 2016-17

14th edition of Administrator’s Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament (U-17 Boys) from 22nd to 30th September, 2016 at Chandigarh Football Academy Ground, Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh and Football Stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh.



Minerva Academy FC defeat Chandigarh Football Association in Final

30.09.2016 : MFA Press Release : Minerva Academy FC took on Chandigarh Football Associaltion (CFA) in the Historic Finals of The All India 14th Edition of Administrators Challenge Cup 2016 played at the Sector 17 Football stadium, Chandigarh. The blues from Chandigarh went in the game as clear favorites with a Goal difference of whooping 55! without conceding a single goal in return.

They have remained unbeaten in the whole tournament and have broken all goal scoring records in the process. From scoring a tournament History of record 22-0 to scoring a massive 50 in just 3 group games, they had done it all. Honourable Governor of Punjab, His Excellency Mr. V.P. Singh Badnore was the chief guest for the occasion and met all the players of both teams during half time.

The much anticipated Match Kicked off with the roaring blues going all out from the very first minute of the game hunting for an opener but some minor finishing mistakes denied the blues. Minervans were all over the CFA players which saw majority of the game in their backyard but a much anticipated opener from the blues remained the difference between both the sides. Nongdamba’s cracker from a distance at the goal in the very 10th Minute brought the spectators at the edge of their seats but an alert CFA Goalkeeper Devansh did well to deny the visitors an early lead.

To add much more excitement to the game the empty seats in the stadium started filling quickly to witness the grand finale. The next 20 minutes saw the blues dominating the game with some exciting footwork on display in the midfield and using the flanks quite efficiently to break down the opponents defence only to see their efforts fail in the end as the score remained 0-0, Azharuddin volley off the box missing the crossbar by inches marked the end of the first half as both the teams went for a break with a 0-0 scoreline.

The second half saw both the teams afresh, determined to break the deadlock but the young Minervans were better in their job scoring in the 50th Minute to take a 1-0 lead as the local lad Amarjit did the honors smashing in the back of the net after some beautiful built up in the centre of the game. The Minervans didn’t look satisfied after having the lead as the next couple of minutes saw Nongdamba and Sahajahan playing some beautifull one-touch football to tear up the CFA’s back four.

CFA started to build from scratch as they played in some dangerous long balls in the Minervans backyard but some fierce and quick defending from the Minervans averted the danger, one of such moves even resulted in a counter attack with Minervan Azharuddin making the best of it swifting past the CFA’s defenders to slot in the second goal for the blues with a cool and composed finish in the bracket. It wasn’t too late for the Minervans to add another to the number as Nongdamba was back to what he does best! Scoring a goal to make it 3-0 for the blues.

The last few of the game seen CFA looking for a consolation and Minervans hunting for the 4th Goal of the evening until the refree blew the final whistle to put an end to a thrilling one-sided Finals played in a housefull stadium. Infact Nongdamba, Minerva's striker broke all past records of the Administrator cup by scoring a whopping 20 goals through out the tournament.

The closing ceremony then commenced and there was a beautiful Bhangra performance by Punjabi Dance Troop and folk singer before the Honourable Chief Guest, Governor of Punjab, His Excellency Mr. V.P. Singh Badnore then distributed the trophies and prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Minerva Academy Fc were awarded cheque of Rs. 3,00,000 and glinting trophy. Second place Chandigarh Football Academy team was given Silver trophy along with cheque of

Rs. 1,50,000 and third place Dalbir Football Academy received cheque of Rs. 75,000. The Win saw Minerva Academy FC U17 add another feather to their cap lifting the prestigious Goldenware with a dominating 3-0 victory over the home team. The Victory tasted sweeter for the well deserving blue brigade and for its fans knowing that these young lads were yet to concede a goal throughout the tournament and is surely a team to beat in the country.

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Minervan colts Thrash Youngsters FC to enter Finals !!!

28.09.2016 : MFA Press Release : Minerva Academy FC thrashed Youngsters Football Club to enter the 14th Edition of Administrators Challenge Cup 2016 played at the Sector 17 International Football Stadium.

A High flying Minerva Academy FC team registered a convincing 5-0 victory against highly motivated local rivals Youngsters Football Club who came in from a surprise victory against Punjab powerhouse Mahilpur Football Academy after being 0-2 down to registering a 3-2 win at the final whistle.

Both teams went in roaring from the word go but a calm Minervan side concentrated more on ball possession and short passing to open the opponents defence. The efforts paid off in the very 5th minute of the game as Minerva’s Manipur goalmachine Nongdamba broke the dead lock with a powerfull smash at the back of the net giving the blues a 1-0 lead early in the game.

Youngsters FC players teamed up again starting from the scratch looking for an equalizer but a fierce defending from the Minervan back four left them with no rewards to their efforts. The next couple of minutes were disappointing for the Minervans who missed many easy chances and could have easily scored 4 if they had connected well, until striker Nongdamba took the matters in his own hands to score another with a beautiful tiki-taka play with his fellow striker Sahajahan making it 2-0. The ending few minutes in the first half saw winger Azharuddin’s efforts missing the goal post by inches.

Some fine footwork from Amarjit too misses as his powerful shot hit the Goalkeeper’s body only to be deflected out. Youngsters FC harsh defending throughout the first half was finally been cautioned when one of their players were booked with a yellow card for an unwanted tackle on Minerva striker Sahajahan as the game went into the half time break with the blues leading 2-0.

The Second half saw the game start on a negative note as Youngsters FC player again were again booked for a second yellow for a dangerous tackle to one of the Minerva Academy FC players with a clear intention to injure him, but Minervans lived up to their professionalism staying calm and allowing the referee to do the honors by giving him them the marching orders. Youngsters FC players who were expected to fight back to level the scoreline looked like they lost all hopes to stage a come-back in the game as they adopted to rough tackling and some dangerous hit-and-run football, injuring many of Minerva’s players in the process. But a cool tempered Minerva Academy FC players made the best of their lightheaded opponents by creating some beautiful moves and catching off their opponents in the wrong side. The youngsters were no longer in the game and started playing even rougher than before.

Such actions by the opponents pumped up the Minervans to take a sweet revenge as Amarjit smashed in a 3rd Goal for the evening in the 60th minute, sprinkling salt on the opponents wounds. Few minutes later Shahjahan was brought down roughly in the box and penally was awarded by the referee along with second yellow for Youngter's defender. Striker Nongdamba stepped up to take the penally and though he missed, Shahjahan was right there to strike the second ball and score making the score 4-0. They were now down to 9 men and Amarjit of Minerva decided to capitalise by scoring his second goal making the score 5-0.

A surprise came in the dying minutes when one of Youngsters FC players actually hit and punched Lalchhanhima of Minerva Academy FC player after a rough tackle, a scuffle broke out amongst the players on the field and the local police had to interfere. Both the players involved were sent off. Youngster FC did not care much about Fair Play and sportsmanship, it was clear that they had been briefed to physically hurt and injure the superior Minervan players as Youngster picked up their 3rd red card of the match.

The revenge was sweet and Minervans were overjoyed as they are still to concede a goal in the tournament scoring a whooping 55 till date. Minerva Academy FC next takes on home team Chandigarh Football Association (CFA) in an historic clash, chandigarh derby scheduled to be played on 30th September 2016 at 2.30 PM in the Sector 17 Football Stadium.

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Deshbandhu Sangathan-Kancharapara-Nadia, Bengal win 7-3

27.09.2016 : Desh Bandhu Sangathan Kanchrapara, Nadia, Bengal win7-3 against JJ Football Academy Bengaluru in their 3rd Match. The scorers are Arun-2, Rajkumar-2, Soumendu, Krishna, Khoirul. after getting walkover agaist RDT Football Academy-Andhra Pradesh, D.S Kanchrapara-Nadia lost 0-16 in their opening match against Minerva FA - Chandigarh.

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Minerva score 50 goals in 3 matches, storm into the semi finals of the administrator cup

26.09.2016 : Minerva Academy FC brush aside Navi Mumbai FC challenge at the 3rd Group match of the 14th All India Administrators Challenge Cup 2016 played at the Sector 17 International Football & Cricket Stadium.

Minerva Academy FC who with a massive 36 goal goal difference with the drubbing if Kolkata based Desh Bandhu Sangathan Kanchrapara, Nadia, Bengal 16-0 and Bengaluru based J.J Soccer Academy 22-0 were looking forward to take the tally to a record half-century in their 3rd Group game as they took on Mumbai based Navi Mumbai FC.

The win has again scripted history in the Administrators Challenge Cup books as Minerva Academy FC hold up a massive 50 goal difference in the point table and probably the highest in the history of the tournament in just 3 games and conceding 0 in return!

Minerva Academy FC next takes on Andhra Pradesh based RDT Football Association tomorrow in their final Group B encounter to be played at the Sector 42 Football Stadium at 10am.