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May 04, 2011
Mumbai FC under 19 qualify for I League

Jayesh Rane and Sagar Khanvilkar scored a hat-trick a piece to help Mumbai FC qualify for the next round of the under-19 I-League at the Air India ground, Kalina.

Coming into this match, the young Mumbai FC side was required to beat ONGC by more than three goals and hope for a draw between Pune FC - Air India clash. The script went exactly the way they wanted. While Mumbai FC went on to thrash ONGC 6-2, Pune FC and Air India match did end in a draw, thus ensuring Mumbai FC's progression into the next round.

With ONGC being the more defensive side of the two, it came as a surprise to many when they were the first side to score. A defensive error on Mumbai FC's part proved costly as Rabi Bose netted one in for the counter attacking ONGC side in the 12th minute.

Mumbai FC striker Jayesh Rane was quick to equalize when he single-handedly outwitted four defenders to score in the 17th minute and restore parity. Sagar Khanvilkar then put Mumbai FC ahead in the 26th minute after finishing off a neat pass from Rohit Mirza. The match proved to be quite an unruly one from thereon with the referee having to fish out his yellow card a good four times. He even had to award both teams a penalty each in the process — which Rane and Bidyut Haldar were quick to convert for Mumbai FC and ONGC respectively.

Mumbai FC went on to largely dominate the second half with Khanvilkar finding the net twice and Rane neatly finishing an Aavesh Shaikh cross, both completing individual hat-tricks.

“I am extremely happy with our hat-tricks. They were firsts for both Sagar and I ever since we joined Mumbai FC. I am very pleased with the team's performance. But we owe it all to Moosa Sir, our coach and mentor. He has improved us to the level we're at today and he builds our fire to win. We came into this match with the sole aim of winning it with a margin of more than four goals and that's what we did,” Rane said.

An excited Mumbai FC coach Naushad Moosa said, “The boys were too good for the ONGC side. Throughout we played good football and we got the result. We were a bit lucky but fortune favors the brave. Our Mid field was brilliant and the finishing was up to the mark. They have done Mumbai proud.”

“Now that we have qualified we have to prepare ourselves for the bigger challenge. We need to recover well get rid of the small injuries and niggles. We will be travelling for sure so it will be tough task need to cope up with all of it. But for now we just need to relax and enjoy the moment. We will start practicing in a couple of days. Cheers!!!” signed off Moosa.

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