In an exhilarating football match against Ambernath United Atlanta on Friday, Delhi FC secured a triumphant 3-1 victory, thus being crowned the champions of the 2022-23 Hero 2nd Division and securing promotion to the upcoming season’s Hero I-League.
Having ended the Final Round tied on seven points with Shillong Lajong FC, Delhi FC claimed the Hero 2nd Division title on goal difference, as their match against Shillong Lajong FC had ended in a goalless draw.
Despite Ambernath United Atlanta’s debut season in the Hero 2nd Division and their need for only a point to win the title, Delhi FC had different plans. Bali Gagandeep’s brace and an audacious strike from Vanlalhriatzuala crafted an unforgettable afternoon for Delhi FC. Redemption came in the form of pure joy as Delhi FC secured their first-ever berth in the Hero I-League.
Playing at home in a high-stakes clash, Delhi FC dominated from the start. In the 34th minute, they opened the scoring with a superb team goal. Balwant Singh, the captain, released Fahad Temuri down the left wing, who then crossed the ball for Bali Gagandeep to clinically side-foot it into the net.
After the break, Ambernath United Atlanta equalized in the 48th minute, but Delhi FC swiftly regained the lead with Gagandeep’s second goal, heading in a brilliant delivery from Bhupinder Singh’s corner. Despite the visitors’ attempts to find an equalizer and spoil Delhi FC’s celebration, they struggled to create opportunities in the final third.
In the closing minutes, Vanlalhriatzuala sealed the victory for Delhi FC with a stunning 35-yard strike that curled into the top corner. His sensational goal solidified Delhi FC’s top spot in the table.