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ISL: Ankit Mukherjee scores late as ATK end season with win over Delhi Dynamos

first_imgATK had to fight hard for a 2-1 win over Delhi Dynamos FC in the concluding league stage clash of the Indian Super League at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday. After a goalless first-half, Edu Garcia headed ATK into the lead (63′). Nandhakumar Sekar (72′) then pulled Delhi Dynamos level but a late winner from Ankit Mukherjee (88′) clinched all three points for the home side.The result saw ATK finish the season at the sixth place with 24 points from 18 matches while Delhi end up eighth with 18 points.It was the home team who made the better start to the game with John Johnson going close early from a set-piece. Komal Thatal and Edu Garcia were constant threats to the Delhi [email protected]_Garcia90 was at his brilliant best in Kolkata and directly contributed to both of @ATKFC’s goals tonight. He’s the Hero of the Match. #HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #KOLDEL pic.twitter.com/D6QirjhcssIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) March 3, 2019Delhi, however, slowly grew into the game. Romeo Fernandes made some good build-up play in the 13th minute and Mexican playmaker Ulises Davila then saw a shot go just wide after a mistake from Ricky Lallawmawma.The second half started on a positive note with Lallianzuala Chhangte making a brilliant run down the left and forcing ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya into a save.Even though Thatal, Garcia and Kalu Uche were all guilty of spurning chance, their efforts were finally rewarded in the 63rd minute when ex-Dynamos right-back Pritam Kotal whipped a dangerous cross into the box. Garcia, who had snuck in between the central defenders, gleefully headed home to notch up his third goal of the season.advertisementDelhi then hit back after poor defending from ATK in the 72nd minute. Chhangte was released down the left wing and the winger’s low ball across the box was not dealt with by the ATK defence. It fell to Nandhakumar who slammed it home.Delhi then went close to taking the lead but Rene Mihelic just could not apply the finishing touch to a cross from the left wing.ATK may Delhi pay for that as Garcia picked out second-half substitute Ankit Mukherjee with a lovely high ball behind the Delhi defence and all Mukherjee had to do was side-foot a first-time finish past an advancing Francisco Dorronsorro.Also Read | Premier League-ISL bring football development week to MumbaiAlso Read | Big question mark over ISL’s future if I-League clubs are ignored: Bhaichung Bhutialast_img read more