Kathmandu: India blanked Palestine 3-0 in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu today.
Givson Singh opened the scoreline from an impeccable free-kick in the 51st minute. It was followed by a strike from Bekey Oram in the 72nd minute. The last nail in the coffin was pierced by skipper Vikram Pratap in the 79th minute.
India came very close to draw the first blood in the 8th minute but Bekey’s shot whizzed past the crossbar.
In the 25th minute, Givson, who was operating as a free-player at the middle, cut into from the middle but his cutting-edge could have dealt better by Ricky.
Perhaps the biggest moment of the first-half for India came in the 28th minute when Harpreet’s volley ricocheted off the crossbar to leave the India dugout aghast.
Gurkirat also tried his luck from 30-yards out but the Palestine goalkeeper collected it without any trouble.
Changing over, Givson stunned the Palestine goalkeeper in the 51st minute when his right-footed free-kick found the target leaving him stranded at the other end.
Bekey converted the meticulous cross from Ricky to double the lead in the 72nd minute.
Indians took the match by the scruff of the neck in the 79th minute when the skipper Vikram blasted the net to make it 3-0.
India next play Nepal at the same venue at 03:30 PM on September 22, 2017.
India U-16 Team: Lalbiakhlua Jongte (GK), Harpreet Singh, Shabas Ahammed Moothedath, Gurkirat Singh, Samir Kerketta, Lalchhanhima Sailo, Ricky John Shabong, Givson Singh Moirangthem (51′), Bekey Oram (72′) (Harpreet 82′), Ravi Bahadur Rana (Lalrokima 53′), Vikram Pratap (C) (79′) (Ridge Melvin 85′)