Mumbai Marines FC opened their 2023-24 season with a 1-0 victory against Young Boys SC, securing all three points. They are now gearing up to face ICL Youngstars in their upcoming fixture on Friday, September 8, 2023. However, the two teams have had divergent starts to their season, as ICL Youngstars FC suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat against Somaiya FC.
The winning goal for Mumbai Marines FC came in the second half, courtesy of super substitute Gaurav More, who calmly slotted the ball past the opposing keeper. Despite the 1-0 scoreline, the result doesn’t fully reflect the match dynamics. Mumbai Marines FC created numerous scoring opportunities but struggled to convert them. They are keen on improving their clinical finishing in the final third of the field.
ICL Youngstars FC, on the other hand, endured a crushing 6-0 loss to Somaiya FC and are eager to bounce back from this setback. However, they face a motivated Mumbai Marines FC side aiming for back-to-back victories and aiming to capitalize on their scoring chances this time.
Jacob Jacques, the captain of Mumbai Marines FC, has been a driving force in midfield, leading by example. Ahead of the second match, he shared his perspective: “Winning one match is great, but to be champions, we need consistent victories and continuous improvement. This means pushing ourselves in training, refining our strategies, and never settling. We’re here to set new standards, break our own records, and become an even stronger force. Our expectations for the next game are to be in sync with ourselves, dominate the game, and, of course, win.”
Deepak Kamble, the head coach of Mumbai Marines, also expressed his thoughts on the upcoming match and the team’s season progression: “We have entered the season with high hopes and thorough preparation. We aim to achieve the targets we may have missed out on last season. This game against ICL Youngstars FC is crucial for building the momentum required in leagues like the Mumbai Super League.”
Here’s the Mumbai Marines Squad for the match against ICL Youngstars FC:
Goalkeepers: Laxman Saroj, Shannon.
Defenders: Chinmay Chavan, Sagar Kamble, Gaurav Wagh, Vinit Gawde, Yash Kamble, Transwer D’Mello, Advait Kulkarni, Shreyas More, Rahul Renkuntla.
Midfielders: Jacob Jacques, Amit Saroj, Pranit, Gaurav More, Bhushan Worlikar, Sahil Rathod, Mehul Ghadge, Pranit Kadam, Sankalp Rajpange.
Forwards: Atul Munankar, Nikhil Makwana, Ishan Thakkar, Manav Roy.
Mumbai Marines FC aims to maintain their winning streak with a second consecutive victory, while ICL Youngstars FC is focused on recovering after their challenging start to the season. Will the Marines secure another three points and continue their upward climb in the league?
ICL Youngstars FC vs. Mumbai Marines FC
Kick-off: 10 am
Venue: Neville D’Souza Football Stadium, Bandra.
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