Lucknow-based Techtro FC received a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Minerva FC during their exposure friendly tour in Chandigarh today. The hosts were rampant from the get-go and pushed Techtro onto the back foot by dominating in possession.
Minerva fired as many as four shots on target inside the opening 20 minutes, but were denied every single time by the heroics of 18-year-old Techtro custodian Abhishek Rawat. Despite being under immense pressure, Techtro threatened to cause Minerva a few problems on the counter thereafter.
Former India international Sanju Pradhan intercepted a weak pass inside the attacking third for Minerva before releasing Makan Winkle Chothe with a delightful through ball. The diminutive midfielder then whipped in an inch-perfect cross for Gambian Dawda Ceesay to break the deadlock for Minerva.
Soon after finding the opener, Minerva went close to doubling their lead through Chothe, who narrowly missed the target. Buoyed by the confidence of their excellent start, Minerva continued to remain the better of the two sides and held on to their lead at half time.
Techtro showed glimpses of their potential shortly after the interval as the game opened up further. There were a few half chances that stemmed from Techtro seizing possession. Ultimately, it was another defensive error that allowed Minerva to double their advantage as Pradhan intercepted an attempt to play out from the back and helped Chothe find the back of the net with his cross.
The Manipuri sensation then completed his brace in the dying stages of the game to help Minerva put the game to bed. Following the defeat, Techtro FC will look to learn from the experience of facing off against former India internationals and foreign players.
The exposure tour arranged by Minerva FC for Techtro FC will come to a close tomorrow, when Techtro reserves lock horns with Minerva Academy in the farewell match.