Mumbai Marines FC made a magnificent debut to their Super Division campaign with a 3-0 win against Ratnam Sports Association.
Striker Abbubaker Khan opened his and the team’s account for the season making no mistake from the penalty spot in the 37th minute to give the Marines side a crucial lead heading into halftime. The match produced a few nervy moments but Mumbai Marines FC had firm control over the match and kept their 1-0 lead intact going into the final few minutes of the match. The Marines side dominated the match and stepped up at the right moments. Three points looked well in sight but the game was far from over.
Yash Kambli who came on as a substitute in the 89th minute of the match turned the game on its head proving to be a super sub. With two goals in four minutes, Yash secured all three points for Mumbai Marines FC. One goal came in the 90th minute and the other came in the third minute of stoppage time. With the referee’s full-time whistle, Mumbai Marines FC secure all three points in their Super Division debut.
Founded in 2017, Mumbai Marines rose to fame by achieving 3 promotions in 3 consecutive seasons thereby lifting themselves from third division (5th tier) to Super division (2nd tier). They managed to reach the semi-final of the first division in 2021-2022 despite having a shoestring budget. They are in no mood to slow down and they aim to reach the top division of Indian football in the next 7 years. Unlike other lower-division clubs, Mumbai Marines have a solid social media presence. Jersey launches, matchday updates, etc. are being done professionally by the club authorities which helped to build brand value for the club. DafaNews, the online sports news website, is the principal sponsor of Mumbai Marines this season and DafaNews has never associated with a local community-based football club before.
They are up against Veniza Virar scheduled on the 13th Sept 2022 followed by the game against Mumbai Ultras on 28th September.
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