Mumbai Marines FC had an impressive start to their Super Division campaign, securing a resounding 3-0 victory against Ratnam Sports Association. It was a magnificent debut for the team as they showcased their skills and determination on the field.
The breakthrough came in the 37th minute when striker Abbubaker Khan confidently converted a penalty, opening his own account for the season and giving Mumbai Marines FC a crucial lead heading into halftime. The match had its share of tense moments, but the Marines maintained firm control and preserved their 1-0 advantage as the final minutes approached. They demonstrated dominance throughout the game, rising to the occasion at the right moments. While victory seemed within reach, the game was far from over.
In a dramatic turn of events, substitute Yash Kambli emerged as the hero of the match. Coming on in the 89th minute, Kambli made an immediate impact, completely changing the dynamics of the game. Within a span of four minutes, he netted two goals, securing all three points for Mumbai Marines FC. The first goal came in the 90th minute, followed by another in the third minute of stoppage time. With the referee’s final whistle, Mumbai Marines FC celebrated their successful debut in the Super Division.
Founded in 2017, Mumbai Marines have rapidly risen to prominence by achieving three consecutive promotions in as many seasons, elevating themselves from the third division (5th tier) to the Super Division (2nd tier). Despite operating on a limited budget, they managed to reach the semifinals of the first division in the 2021-2022 season. Their ambition knows no bounds, as they set their sights on reaching the top division of Indian football within the next seven years. Setting themselves apart from other lower-division clubs, Mumbai Marines have established a strong presence on social media. They professionally handle jersey launches, matchday updates, and other promotional activities, which have significantly enhanced the club’s brand value. This season, the team is proud to have DafaNews, an online sports news website, as their principal sponsor—a first-time association for the platform with a local community-based football club.
Looking ahead, Mumbai Marines are preparing for their upcoming matches. They will face off against Veniza Virar on September 13th, 2022, followed by a game against Mumbai Ultras on September 28th. With their recent triumph fueling their confidence, the team is eager to continue their winning streak and make their mark in the Super Division.
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