Ambernath United Atlanta FC look to qualify for the next round

Ambernath United Atlanta FC made their debut in the Hero I-League 2 just a month ago, aiming to continue their success in Mumbai and Maharashtra football. With consecutive Elite Premier League titles, the Harwood Champions League victory last year, and a recent triumph in the Nadkarni Cup, they are eager to maintain their upward trajectory in the final two away games of the Hero I-League 2 group stage.

In their last home game in Group D, Ambernath United Atlanta FC delivered a thrilling 3-1 victory over Dempo SC, coming from behind to secure all three points. After experiencing a 2-1 defeat against Dempo SC in the previous away encounter, despite initially leading 1-0, this home win was crucial for their progression to the next round. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, second-half goals from Shravan Shetty, Himanshu Patil, and Arif Shaikh turned the tide in favor of Ambernath United Atlanta FC, resulting in a well-deserved 3-1 triumph.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the team’s home and away form this season:

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Home Form: 10 out of 12 points won at home

  • 2-1 win against Hyderabad Reserves
  • 1-1 draw against ARA FC
  • 2-0 win against Goa Reserves
  • 3-1 win against Dempo SC

Away Form: 1 out of 6 points won away from home

  • 3-3 draw against Goa Reserves
  • 2-1 loss against Dempo SC

The team’s away performances have been less fruitful, gathering only one point out of a possible six. They had an exciting 3-3 draw against Goa Reserves and suffered a 2-1 loss against Dempo SC, despite initially holding a 1-0 lead. To improve their away record, Ambernath United Atlanta FC will strive to secure maximum points from their next two away matches. Their first challenge will be against Hyderabad Reserves on April 20, 2023, at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru, with kickoff at 4 pm.

In the reverse fixture, Ambernath United Atlanta FC displayed resilience by overcoming a goal deficit to claim a 2-1 victory against Hyderabad Reserves. They will seek to achieve a double over the ISL side, further solidifying their position in Group D.

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Head coach Steven Dias emphasizes the team’s excellent form, highlighted by consecutive home victories. Arif Shaikh and Himanshu Patil have been prolific, both scoring three goals and forming a productive partnership. Ashley Koli has also contributed with two goals, while Johnson Matthews, Nishant Shetty, Shravan Shetty, and Abhijit Tawhare have all found the back of the net.

ARA FC’s 1-0 away victory propelled them three points clear at the top of Group D, accumulating 14 points from six matches. Ambernath United Atlanta FC currently sits on 11 points from six matches. Meanwhile, Dempo SC also has 11 points but has played seven matches. With these standings in mind, the upcoming clash between ARA FC and Ambernath United Atlanta FC promises to be an intense contest with high stakes. However, before facing ARA FC, Ambernath United Atlanta FC must first achieve a positive result against Hyderabad Reserves on Thursday.

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