Ahmedabad: Zonal round of U18 Youth League 2018-19 for Ahmedabad began on Monday 26th November. Two teams from Ahmedabad -Kahaani FC and ARA FC – are participating in the league this year. For the zonal round, two out-state teams – Football Leaders Academy from Mumbai and Fateh Hyderabad AHFC from Hyderabad – have come Ahmedabad, making it to a total of 4 teams in the zonal group. All the matches are being played at Kasa Ground in Vastrapur.
First match of the group was played between both the home teams. Both the teams share a healthy rivalry which was reignited as the whistle blew for the first half. Kahaani started attacking straightaway creating early chances. Early attacking helped the team in building the pressure over the opponents and resulted into an early goal for Kahaani by their Captain Aman Shah. Same momentum continued till half-time with both the teams creating chances.
As the second half started, Kahaani extended their lead with a goal from Mudassir Karim. Finding themselves on the back foot, ARA FC started attacking aggressively which helped them to score their first goal. The goal came from Jay Kanani in the 57th minute. Things started getting heated after that as ARA looked to score an equalizer while Kahaani did everything to defend and maintain the lead. A turning point came in the match when ARA was awarded a penalty but it was beautifully saved by Aman Shah.
ARA tried their best till the last minute to score but it was Kahaani's victory to take. It will be exciting to watch how both the teams play in the league after Monday’s match. The zonal round will be played during the whole week and top team from the group will be qualified for the next round of the league.