Minerva Punjab, blowing life into the dead league...

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Minerva Punjab ended their last campaign in the second last position. They were tied on points with Mumbai FC, only better head to head record and better goal difference prevented them from going down. This season however the side from Punjab has emerged as early pace setters for the premier domestic competition in India.


Minerva Punjab began their campaign against traditional powerhouse, Mohun Bagan. In a thrilling contest at Ludhiana, Mohun Bagan were pegged back by a late goal from second half substitute Moinuddin Khan.  It is always encouraging when you snatch a draw in the final minutes against a very big club. Things have only got better for them.

Three consecutive victories have propelled them to the top of the table. They took on the newcomers Neroca in their second match of their campaign. The Manipur based side has been impressive so far in the tournament and started brightly against Minerva. Despite falling behind in the 18th minute, Minerva Punjab rallied to take the tie 2-1 at Ludhiana. 


The next challenge was the upbeat Arrows who were coming on the back of an impressive victory against Chennai City. Minerva started the game well and controlled it throughout to take the game 2-0. The match was followed by a lot of controversies, right from the floodlights going off during the game to Matos lashing out at Minerva in Jeakson, Anwar issue. 


On the back of two wins it was another clash at the Ludhiana that propelled them to the top of standings.  Chennai City was against Minerva Punjab and the team from south were playing well but had very little it to show for their performances. Chennai City had a very impressive first half and went into the break leading 1-0. They had a few chances to double their lead but failed to do so. Chennai City’s coach was left to lament the missed chances but his counterpart had no such qualms as the only side from Punjab bounced back for the third time in four matches to snatch the victory from the visitors. Two second-half goals saw Minerva Punjab win and surge to the top of table. 


They are touted as comeback kings after coming from behind in three of their first four matches. Khogen Singh has to be careful that his team does not make it a habit to fall behind before they put their foot on the pedal. From being so nearly relegated last season to the pinnacle of the I-league, Minerva Punjab has had an astonishing journey so far. Filled with potential youngsters and some intelligent foreign additions, they have every reason to think about yet another underdog story in I-League. 


Minerva Punjab produced India’s first ever goal scorer in the world cup. Their proud product commanded the back line for the blue tigers in the U-17 world cup. It will be fitting for the side to do the unthinkable this year and summarise an amazing season of football for the state of Punjab.


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