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Ilan; youngest first division player to score and assist

Rabeeha Amir
02 September 2023, MVT 12:24
Ilan Imran, youngest goal scorer in Dhivehi Premiere League history
Rabeeha Amir
02 September 2023, MVT 12:24

Fourteen-year-old forward Mohamed Ilan Imran left a lasting mark on the Club Valencia League. Not only did he score his first goal of the season, but he also provided an assist, making him the youngest player to achieve both feats in the first division.

In an exhilarating match against Club Green Streets, Ilan's goal secured a 2-2 draw for his team at Galolhu Stadium on Sunday. This remarkable accomplishment set a new league record, making Ilan the youngest goal scorer at the age of 14 years, seven months, and seven days.

Previously, this distinction belonged to Ethan Ibrahim Zaki, who scored a goal with Ilan's assistance at the age of 14 years, nine months, and two days in the previous match against United Victory. Ilan's assist made him the youngest player to provide an assist in the league at the age of 14 years, six months, and 22 days.

In the league opener, Valencia, fielding the youngest squad in its history, fought to a 1-1 draw with Green Streets. This marked Valencia's first goal and point of the season, and once again, Ilan contributed to the record books by netting the equalizer.

Yoosuf Ayan Amir also etched his name in the history of the league by breaking a two-decade-old record held by Ashfaq (Dhagandey). Ayan's goal for Valencia at the age of 15 years, six months, and 13 days surpassed the previous mark of 16 years, nine months, and two days.

Valencia initiated the match with a strong lead, as captain Hasan Sufiyan (Sufi) found the back of the net in the 11th minute, capitalising on a skillful play that sailed over Green's goalkeeper, Ahmed Ramiz.

Green Streets retaliated with two close-range goals, leveling the score. Captain Ansar Ibrahim's header in the 18th minute brought them back into contention, followed by Raslan's shot finding the mark from outside the area.

Valencia managed to equalise through a penalty awarded to Abdulla Yameen after a foul by his teammate. The first half concluded with this well-executed penalty.

In the second half, Green Streets launched a spirited offensive, unleashing a barrage of shots in an attempt to alter the course of the game. However, the young Valencia goalkeeper, Abdulla Razif, demonstrated his skills with a series of impressive save.

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