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Minerva Punjab lift their maiden Elite League trophy

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FC rode on two second-half strikes from and to register a thumping 2-0 victory over to lift their maiden 2018-19 trophy.

While Makan Chothe (59′) exploited a defensive lapse of to break the defence whereas (67′) doubled the lead from a freekick to take the match away from the lads from Pune.

Having won the 2018-19, FC are the current holders of all championships comprising of I-League, Sub-(U13 age group), (U15 age group) and (U-18 age group).

It was who had their shot on target in the 2nd minute when Laldawngkima's header was brilliantly saved by Minerva Devansh from a stone-throwing distance before seeing his going out of bounce in the 8th minute.

FC Pune City attacker Lelsemba had an effective game keeping the defenders on their toes throughout. The youngster made an impressive run from the middle but his resulting shot was too weak to unsettle the Minerva in the 43rd minute.

At the of the half-hour mark, Zothanpuia's freekick was parried away by Devansh once again. Off the rebound, tried to poke it but missed the target by a whisker.

After the changeover, both teams showed more urgency to break the deadlock but eventually, it was the Punjab-based side who could hit the back of the net a minute before the hour-mark.

On a long throw-in, Shahjahan lobbed it to an onrushing Chothe who outran the two defenders to smash it home and put his team in the driver's seat in the 59th minute.

Eight minutes later, Thoiba nailed the final one in FC Pune City's coffin from a superbly-executed freekick to stun the Pune lads completely.

Although they tried their levelbest to break the Minerva resilience until the final whistle, their efforts were staved off constantly by Minerva to clinch the silverware.

Along with the coveted trophy, FC won prize money of Rs 5 lakh whereas runners-up FC Pune City were handed a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 20:45 IST