Unique Model Academy, Manipur, continued its dream run in the 52nd Subroto Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday, clinching the under-14 boys’ title with a 2-0 win against NCC Directorate, Odisha, in the final.

S. Annaroy and S. Topper scored for the winner, both goals coming in the first half of the game as the Manipur boys played an attacking game right from the word go.

The two goals came within the first five minutes, within a minute of each other, as Odisha was stunned into defending its citadel even before warming up for the competition.

By the time the NCC boys recovered enough to try and attempt a goal of their own, it was too late.

Its off-target strikers sending the ball sailing wide and above the crossbar didn’t help NCC’s cause either.

Favourite for the title before the game began, NCC had dominated all its matches till the final. However, the attacking start from the Manipuris took them by surprise.

Annaroy, receiving the ball on the right, weaved past a couple of defenders to out his team ahead. Odisha, losing possession trying to go for an equaliser on the counter, saw Topper turn over and slot the ball in past a rooted goalkeeper Bismarck Oram.

With a comfortable two-goal cushion, the team from Imphal was content staying back and trying for the occasional aerial passes to try and get a third even as NCC tried to break past desperately, to no avail.

The scores: Manipur 2 (S. Annaroy, S. Topper) bt NCC Odisha 0
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