Durand cup | Indian Navy fights back to beat Delhi FC

Indian Navy became the first among the six regimental sides to pick up a win when it erased a goal’s deficit to beat Second Division League side Delhi Football Club 2-1 in a group-C league match of Durand Cup football, at the Mohun Bagan ground, on Wednesday.

Playing without any foreign recruit, the Indian Navy side provided a tough challenge to Delhi FC, which fielded four foreigners.

This included Willis Plaza who has years of experience of playing with top division clubs in the country.

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The Trinidad and Tobago striker took Delhi FC ahead in the 21st minute as he made the most of a free ball inside the Navy box to find the target.

The sailors reorganised quickly and secured the equaliser within five minutes when V. Shreyas foxed the Delhi defence to finish a cross from Nihal Sudeesh. Indian Navy found the winning goal late in the 86th minute through Dalraj who nodded home a corner to ensure the full quota of points.

The result: Delhi FC 1 (Willis Plaza 21) lost to Indian Navy 2 (V. Shreyas 26, Dalraj 86).

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