Stellenbosch FC seal second consecutive win with 2-0 victory over ATK Mohun Bagan
Mumbai, 20 May, 2023: Stellenbosch FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 in their Reliance Foundation presents Premier League Next Generation Cup fixture at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP) in Navi Mumbai tonight.
The match commenced competitively as there wasn’t much that could separate the two teams in mance in the first 20 minutes. In fact, the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit was solid at the back and seamless going forward. They were defensively well-organized and hence ensured that they didn’t concede too many goal-scoring opportunities from open play.
They tried building up the attack multiple times, particularly from the inner channel on the right flank. The Mariners played out some impressive passing patterns as they broke the Stellenbosch midfield lines quite consistently. However, it appeared at times that they were losing a bit of steam going forward and required more players in the final third to actually put the ball into the back of the net.
Stellenbosch finally sensed an enticing chance through a corner in the 26th minute. Roy-Keane Avontuuk was placed perfectly in the deep end of the box to bring down the kick and hurl a shot straight into the target. The ball, however, ended up deflecting but Azola Jakalashe managed to get his foot to tap it in and hand the defending champions a crucial lead nearing the half-time whistle.
Lalrinliana Hnamte began increasing the intensity from the ATK Mohun Bagan midfield in the second half. He possibly anticipated Stellenbosch’s attempts at pegging the Mariners back and hence played some quick vertical passes to drive his team forward. He distributed the ball to the flanks but also played long balls in order to find some of his forwards in a goal-scoring position inside the box. The midfielder even took some long-range shots but to no avail, as they didn’t hit the target.
However, it was a Stellenbosch midfielder who made all the difference eventually. Jaylen Trent came off the bench and settled straightaway into the proceedings. His side won the ball back on the left flank and it was passed on to Trent, who was waiting near the halfway mark. He released a long ball without batting an eye and Avontuuk outran the ATK Mohun Bagan defenders to receive the pass and chip it over Arsh Anner Shaikh’s head to bag his team’s second goal of the night, and seal the South African’s team second win on a trot this season.
Stellenbosch and ATK Mohun Bagan play West Ham United FC and Bengaluru FC respectively in their next game on Tuesday.
Stellenbosch 2 (Roy-Keane Avontuuk 26′, Roy Keane-Avontuuk 65′) – 0 ATK Mohun Bagan