I-League: Rohit Danu becomes youngest scorer as Indian Arrows beats Aizawl FC

Youngster Rohit Danu helped Indian Arrows defeat Aizawl FC 1-0 in a Hero I-League fixture on Saturday.

Rohit Danu celebrates after scoring against Aizawl FC on Saturday.   -  AIFF Media

Youngster Rohit Danu helped Indian Arrows defeat Aizawl FC 1-0 in a Hero I-League fixture on Saturday.

With the goal, Danu became the youngest player to score a goal in the I-League beating fellow Arrows starlet Jitendra Singh to the record, at the age of 16 years, five months and 27 days.

At the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, Indian Arrows rose up in the I-League points table to the ninth position, while hosts Aizawl FC slipped a place to be now in the 10th spot. Anwar Ali of Indian Arrows was adjudged as the Hero of the Match.

Aizawl, fresh from its fighting win against Gokulam Kerala FC in the last encounter, started on an attacking note. However, the Indian Arrows, which is known for its rock-solid defence, stood up to its reputation, denying the host any clear chance.

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Its persistence was soon rewarded when a faulty pass from Aizawl’s Nigerian defender – Kareem Nurain to Lalronsonga was cleverly intercepted at the centre line by Arrows mid-fielder Khumanthem Meetei.

Meetei thereafter made a beautiful run from the centre line to play a superb pass to Rohit Danu just outside the box, who made no mistakes in ensuring that the ball ended up in the back of the net on the 14th minute.

The game, thereafter, saw Aizawl come back with added enthusiasm but full marks to the dedicated defence line of the Arrows, the host couldn’t really make the most of their experience in finding an equaliser.

The second half began with Aizawl FC pressing hard to score from the first minute, but the Arrows solid defence line was way too hard for them to breach.

The scores

Indian Arrows 1 (Rohit Danu 14’) beats Aizawl FC 0.

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