Edmund & Roshan’s hattricks & Lalnuntluanga’s strike help India to register a win in the first of two friendlies scheduled at Goa. . .

Hattricks from Edmund Lalrindika and Naorem Roshan Singh helped India U-19 register a comeback victory over Singapore U-19 in an international friendly after having gone down a goal from Mohd Daniel as early as the 2nd minute at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on 19th June.

Singapore struck early in the 2nd minute but Edmund pulled things back in the 7th  minute before helping to take the lead in the 23rd  minute with Roshan being the provider on both instances. Singapore though levelled things with goal from Amirul Hassim soon after in the 27th minute before attacking play completely shifted momentum towards India.

The boys soon grabbed back the lead as Roshan’s goal began an 11 minute flurry which saw the boys going past the Singaporean defence four times. Edmund got his hattrick, while Roshan and Lalnuntluanga added to the tally with India leading 6-2 going into the break.

The second half began with goalkeeper Patra pulling off good save from a free kick as the opposition tried to assert themselves on the field. Changes followed with Singapore making things tighter at the back. Subsequently the goals dried up as heavy rain made the outfield wet and slushy. 

The conditions slowed down the game with both teams unable to make headway. The last goal of the game finally came in the 85th minute with Roshan getting his third to complete the second hattrick of the game

The Indian U-19s will be participating in the SAFF U-19 Championship in Bhutan that is slated to kick-off in September, followed by the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers, which are slated to kick-off in October in Saudi Arabia. The same team recently won the AIFF U-18 league, defeated Minerva Punjab FC in the finals. 

India is grouped with host Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Turkmenistan in the AFC U-19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers.

The next match, too, is set to be played in floodlights and will start at 7.30 PM. The tickets for these games are free and Goa Football Association General Secretary Welvin Menezes has urged the fans to come out in large numbers and support the National Colts. The matches are being hosted by the AIFF. 

India U-19 first XI v Singapore: Patra(G), Das, Lalliansanga, Joseph, Zonuna, Bhutia, Joysana Singh, Lalengzama, Naorem Roshan Singh, Lalnuntluanga, Edmund Lalrindika