On their second outing, Maharashtra stun Lakshadweep 3-0 to go on top
The first game of the day saw Maharashtra take on Island Union territory Lakshadweep. Back from a close 1-0 win over Daman, Maharashtra began at the earnest in search of an early goal.
They almost took the lead when a cross from Pragnesh from the right was missed by Johnson. In the 11th minute, Maharashtra won a free-kick just outside the box; Advait Shinde’s delivery was well headed on to goal by Yash Mhatre as Maharashtra took the lead. Maharashtra continued their dominance as chances kept coming in way of their strikers who failed to capitalise on it.
In the second half, Allen Dias doubled the lead in the 53rd minute to settle the nerves and put Maharashtra in commanding position. Minutes later, Yash missed a 1 on 1 opportunity as keeper Mohammed Salahudheen did well to keep the score 2-0. He pulled off another save off a Pragnesh Solanki strike few minutes later. Later in the 82nd minute of the game, Substitute Shanon Pereira dribbled past two defenders before drilling his shot past the keeper to make it 3-0.
Maharashtra next face Gujarat on 28th of September on their third Group-A fixture of the Santosh Trophy (West Zone Qualifiers).
FULL TIME: Maharashtra (Yash Mhatre, Allen Dias, Shannon Pererira) 3 – 0 Lakshadweep