Minerva Punjab beats Bengaluru FC to clinch fourth consecutive Junior League title

India junior internationals Himanshu Jangra and Maheson Singh scored as Minerva Punjab ended BFC's 12-match winning streak to retain the Hero Junior League title.

Minerva Punjab players celebrate after winning the Hero Junior League title.

Minerva Punjab FC won its fourth consecutive Hero Junior League title, beating Bengaluru FC 2-0 in the final at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal on Wednesday.

India junior internationals Himanshu Jangra and Maheson Singh scored the two second-half goals for Minerva, which also ended Bengaluru's 12-match winning streak.

Bengaluru FC started on the front foot, going in search of a goal to break the deadlock early as Minerva looked to hit BFC on the counter.

However, both the sides headed into half-time with the scores tied at 0-0.

Minerva Coach Harpreet Singh’s half-time pep talk seemed to have worked as his team came out firing on all cylinders. Jangra broke free of the defence a couple of minutes after the restart and slotted it past the keeper to put Minerva in the lead.

Minerva Punjab players and owner Ranjit Bajaj celebrate after beating Bengaluru FC in the Hero Junior League final.   -  AIFF Media

 

It doubled its lead just 20 minutes later. A cross from the right was headed onto a bar and Maheson’s header on the rebound was blocked by Bengaluru keeper Dipesh Chauhan. However, Maheson got to the next rebound and nodded it into goal.

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The Minerva defence had to see out  a franctic flurry of attacks by Bengaluru FC. Minerva played on the counter and even managed to rattle the crossbar a couple of times.

But the two goals were enough to take the side from Chandigarh to its fourth successive title.

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