Kolkata: 2014-15 IFA Shield (U-19) Final promises be a fascinating encounter of football as the only unbeaten side in the competition East Bengal U-19 will be facing United SC U-19, who scored most number goals in the tournament, here on Sunday afternoon at Barasat Stadium.
On the scale of performances so far, nothing much separates the two sides as both United Sports Club and East Bengal reached to the final after beating strong opponents in the semifinals. United SC who carved out a 4-0 victory against Pune FC in the semi-final, while East Bengal edge the current holders Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1 to see themselves in the final.
East Bengal will be bothered by the fact that the junior purple brigade holds the upper hand in their earlier encounters of the season in U-19 I-League, where Partha Sen’s boys won and drew their matches against East Bengal, however going into the final East Bengal will have some momentum as they beat United SC 1-0 in their group stage clash of the tournament.
East Bengal, who are the winners of the 2014 IFA Shield, will thus be looking to better their record. The Red & Golds will enter the record books if they can managed to win the IFA Shield tomorrow at Barasat Stadium as they will become the first team to have won the Shield in all the five venues where the final of IFA Shield have been held so far, Mohun Bagan Ground, East Bengal Ground, Eden Gardens, Saltlake Stadium and Barasat Stadium. Coach Tarun Dey is optimistic despite the fact that the U-19 side will be playing United Club U-19 on artificial turf for the very first time. Although there are a few niggles the U-19 squad are looking forward to their triumph in the summit clash tomorrow.
Having scored 11 goals in 3 matches, the winners of the 2013’s edition of the tournament United SC, will be looking to regain the title with their junior team, under Partha Sen who said; “We know how to measure ourselves and we know it’s important to be maintained the performance, We’re going in to the final clash through playing consistent good football and I believe football should be playing passing.”