Hosts Tata Football Academy sealed their place in the final round of the U-20 I-league after goals in each half proved enough to see off Dempo Sports Club by 2-0 in an exciting final group match played at Jamshedpur.
Dempo looked the liveliest in the early stages as they looked desperate for a goal. However, it were the hosts who gained lead in the 15th minute when their strikers took advantage of a defensive lapse and slotted home the opener. Dempo tried hard to come back in the game but could not manage to score until the half time.
Dempo Juniors piled pressure in the second half but could not break the Tata defence. The hosts scored their second goal in the 85th minute and finally clung on to their precious win for a maiden final round appearance in the U-20 I-League.
Tata FA will join East Bengal, Salgaocar FC, Pune FC, Mohun Bagan and Sesa FA in the final round which begins on 18th March