ATK steals the late winner to leave Dynamos in shambles

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  3 Weeks Ago

ATK finished their season on a high note as they went on to defeat a vicious Delhi Dynamos in front of a paltry home crowd at Yubabharati Krirangan. Despite Delhi calling the shots for the larger portions of the game, ATK made good use of a couple of opportunities to strike on either side of Delhi’s equalizer.


The hosts piled early pressure on Delhi, thanks to a searing run from Edu Garcia, who was tripped just at the edge of the box by Vinit Rai. The ensuing free-kick was beautifully squared off to a lurking Johnson on the right side, whose header was way too weak to make an impact.


Delhi retaliated within quick succession after Narayan Das cut in from the left and played a through ball for Adria Carmona, whose curling cross was misjudged by Ricky Lallawmawma and fell at the feet of Romeo Fernandes, whose shot went agonizingly wide off the far post.


It took almost an hour for both the teams to conjure up some exciting action barring a few long rangers from Carmona and Komal Thatal for their respective sides. It was in the 62nd minute when Edu Garcia out-jumped his marker to steer a scouring cross from Pritam Kotal into the back of the net to draw first blood for ATK.

Delhi’s reprisal was swift as they only took ten minutes to restore parity. Lallianzuala Chhangte outsped a napping ATK defence and after some fancy footwork, squared off Nanda Kumar, whose first-time shot was blasted past a diving Arindam to draw things level.


With only 3 minutes to run down the clock, ATK walked away with the bragging rights, thanks to a clinical finish from super-sub, Ankit Mukherjee. It was once again Edu Garcia who emanated the move with a delectable stooping cross for Ankit and the youngster was at the end of the delivery before Dorronsoro could have cleared his lines and calmly nudged the ball home in the face of pressure.


ATK could have increased the cushion in the last minute of the extra time but Ankit failed to get the better of the Delhi custodian in a one-on-one situation. The Kolkata franchise ended their campaign in the sixth position, garnering 24 points from 18 games. Edu Garcia was adjudged as the man of the match for his scintillating performance.


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