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Minerva Punjab won over upbeat Arrows: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  I-League  |  1 Year Ago

Arrows were coming on the back of an impressive victory over Chennai city into this clash. Minerva Punjab on the other hand had four points out of two games coming into this match and were the obvious favourites to take three points from the game. They lived up to their billing as Minerva closed out a comfortable 2-0 win over the Indian developmental side.

 

Minerva Punjab, a great sign for Indian football

Founded as Minerva Academy in 2005, the club has improved a lot since and are attracting fans attention exponentially. They shot into fame when their youth academy beat Indian U17 world cup months prior to the world cup. They had few of their players representing the Indian team in the world cup and have loaned them out to the Indian developmental outfit this season. However none of them could play against their parent club in accordance to the loan agreement but one cannot over see the excellent work done by the Minerva Punjab side in unearthing talents and polishing them for the big stage.

 

Things will get tough for the young boys

The big difference between the Arrows team and other sides in the league is the absence of foreign players for Matos. While a strong Ghanian midfielder posed questions for the young team, more of the same can be expected in the tournament going forward. They no longer have the surprise element they had against Chennai City FC and they will have to find a way around that.

 

Proper Stadium, good facilities- I league deserves better

Arrows moved to Goa in the last minute before the league kicked off. There are clubs whose ground conditions are not up to the mark. Yesterday play had to be halted barely a minute into the game after floodlights went off. One cannot imagine the havoc that would have created if this happened in an ISL match. We don’t even want to get started with the 2 pm kick offs (40 % of the games). The bottom line is I-league deserves better, the top tier football league in India deserves better.

 

So many positive signs for Arrows

Though it might have been a humbling experience for the Arrows after flying high in their first match, one can empathize with this young Indian side. They gave it their all and were very close to finding the net on at least a couple of occasions.  Rahul and Abhijith had a couple of very good chances to get their names on the score sheet.  Despite the defeat the Arrows had a lot of positives coming out of the game.

 

 






 

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