Sunday, January 20, 2019

South United FC hold Chennaiyin FC Reserves in thrilling 3-3 draw

South United Media

An early lead for Chennaiyin FC indicated that they were going to have an easy cruise to a win but with a quality performance, South United clawed back into the game to walk away with a point. 

The game began at SSN Stadium in Chennai with the home team Chennaiyin FC in control and they capitalised on their quick start with some early goals. Krishna Pandit scored in the 11th minute to give his side an early lead, Rohmingthanga struck twice in the next 5 minutes to make it what seemed like an unassailable 3-0 lead by the 17th minute mark. 

South United FC seemed to settle down and find their groove only once they were trailing by three goals. They began creating some dangerous chances and found a quick breakthrough in the 22nd minute as Aaron ran on to a superb through ball from Magesh and cut the ball back for Sudipta to finish. 

The visiting team kept the pressure on the CFC Reserves goal on for the rest of the half and were seemingly denied a couple of penalty shouts. Both teams walked in at half-time with the visitors still trailing by 2 goals. 

Another penalty shout early in the second half saw SUFC come away frustrated again as the decisions went against them once again. It remained an exercise of attack versus defense as SUFC pushed forward and CFC remained pegged back in their own half. 

The 65th minute saw Cletus Paul replace Sharukh Rahman as SUFC threw forward all they had. They won a penalty in the 70th minute that Cletus stepped forward to drive home. 

With the score at 3-2, South United kept plugging away looking for an equaliser, but their quest for parity was dented by the sending off of Amit Tudu in the 81st minute as he saw a second yellow. 

The ten men of the visiting team still dominated the game though against a flailing Chennaiyin FC side. Their labours bore fruit in the 89th minute as Aaron’s cross found Cletus in the middle of the box and the striker smashed it into the back of the net. 

What had already been a dramatic game could’ve got better for South United FC as they had a chance to score form a corner late on but they were unable to convert it and had to settle for a draw.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

ITI beat HAL to win 'Legends' exhibition game

Bengaluru FC Media 

A second half double from former India international and National League winner R.C. Prakash handed Indian Telephone Industries FC (ITI) a thrilling 2-0 victory over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC (HAL) in an exhibition game organized by Bengaluru FC at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, Prakash (31’, 40’) finished off two brilliant counter attacking moves with Bengaluru FC player Harmanjot Khabra assisting on both occasions. Khabra in fact, was joined by first team players Erik Paartalu and Gursimrat Singh Gill in the ITI squad, while Chencho Gyeltshen, Juanan Gonzalez and Rahul Bheke turned out in HAL colours for a cameo in the second half.
Meanwhile, ITI custodian Balaji Narsimhan pulled off some brilliant saves to deny striker Xavier Vijayakumar who was a livewire for HAL throughout the game and keep their lead intact.
With the West Block of the stadium flocked by a number of vocal fans across all age groups, the legends were cheered on throughout the sixty-minute game as they went all out re-igniting their old rivalry.

New look South United in Second Division League

South United Media 

While South United take on Chennaiyin FC reserves in their second I-League 2nd Division match, they bolstered their squad with new additions, a few of the them though featured for South United in their Second Division Opener against Ozone FC last Monday. 

Four players have joined South United FC from the ranks of the Delhi Dynamos reserves team. Kishan Singh Thongam is among this influx of young talent, but he’s already got an impressive resume as he appeared at multiple levels for the Junior Indian National Team and played in the I-League Second Division for the Dynamos Reserve Team. 

Krishan Kumar and Sudipta Malakar too joining from Delhi Dynamos. 

Another joinee on a season-long loan from Dynamos, Amit Tudu, charted a similar course having made appearances for India at U16 and U19 levels before playing for the Dynamos Reserves. His flexibility in being able to play multiple positions in the defensive third provides South United FC with multiple options to deploy his skills. 

The most experienced campaigner among the lot, having spent his career playing in the I-League and the I-League Second Division, defender Tonmoy Ghosh is set to represent SUFC in the Hero Second Division League this season. 

Among the new signings is Subhankar Adhikary, an experienced campaigner at a young age, having previously represented clubs in the Kolkata League Division 1, U19 I-League, and the U19 IFA Shield before moving to FC Kerala. The 2017/18 saw him play in the Kerala Premier League and the I-League Second Division, as the captain of FC Kerala and he brings those leadership qualities to South United FC now. 

The 6-foot tall central defender Sajid Hossain also joins the fray at South United FC from FC Pune City. He was a part of their set-up for the last 3 seasons, including in the I-League Second Division last season. 

22-years-old defender Nitesh Aswani arrives from FC Pune City as well. His last season spent with the FC Pune City captaining the reserve team in the I-League Second Division should serve as great experience that South United FC can capitalise on in this campaign.
Having earned his stripes at the Royal Wahingdoh Academy, 21-year-old Rungsing Muinao attracted a few eyeballs with his impressive performances in the Chennai League and Calcutta League. On his previous foray in the I-League Second division he scored 3 goals in 6 starts with Delhi United. He also scored 10 goals in 11 games for them in the Delhi League. His team-mate at FC Bardez, goalkeeper Royal Basumatary also made the cut for SUFC. 

K. Lalmalsawma impressed at an early age playing at BVT FC to make it into the Mizoram State Team and at Chhinga Veng FC before joining the ATK team set up. The youngster joins on loan from the Kolkata club. 

Former Bengaluru FC striker Cletus Paul, David Lalbiakzara from Aizawl FC, and Amoes T from FC Bengaluru United round off the selection of players joining South United FC.
At the average age of 22, the influx of talent and potential of the 14 names added to the roster will bring an exciting brand of football for the fans of Bengaluru to appreciate.

Subhankar Adhikary
24 years
FC Kerala
Sajid Hossain
20 years
FC Pune City
Rungsing Muinao
21 years
FC Bardez
Kishan Singh Thongam
19 years
Delhi Dynamos FC
Krishan Kumar
22 years
Delhi Dynamos FC
Amit Tudu
21 years
Delhi Dynamos FC (Season-long Loan)
Sudipta Malakar
18 years
Delhi Dynamos FC
Cletus Paul
25 years
Sreebhumi FC
David Lalbiakzara
24 years
Aizawl FC
19 years
ATK (Season-long Loan)
Nitesh Aswani
22 years
FC Pune City
Tonmoy Ghosh
26 years
Mohammedan SC
Amoes T
24 years
FC Bengaluru United
Royal Basumatary
22 years
FC Bardez

Friday, January 18, 2019

HAL, ITI legends face-off tomorrow at Football Stadium

Bengaluru FC Media  

Bengaluru FC is organising an exhibition game between erstwhile football powerhouses, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC (HAL) and Indian Telephone Industries FC (ITI) at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Saturday, January 19 at 4 pm. 

Notable players who will be taking part in the showpiece event include RC Prakash, Balaji Narasimhan, M Babu, Sunil (ADE), Muralidharan and Ilyas Pasha for ITI, while HAL will have the likes of Xavier Vijayakumar, Sunil, Satish Kumar and Gangadharan in their ranks. 

Speaking on the decision to organise the game, club COO, Mustafa Ghouse said, “HAL and ITI are institutions, not only in Karnataka but on the Indian football map and this game is our way of honouring their contribution to the sport. We’re proud that Bengaluru FC belongs to a city that has a rich football history and a lot of it is down to these two teams.” 

Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the game, which will be available on matchday at the Bangalore Football Stadium, will go to the HAL and ITI teams, and will be priced between Rs. 30 and Rs. 100. 

HAL: Basheer, Jeevanandan, Willian Crasta, Satish Kumar, Sunil, U Babu, Rajendra, Raju Sr., Paul, Somu, Gangadaran, Lawrence Sr., Lawrence Jr., Xavier Vijayakumar, Arvind, Yoganathan, Jacob, Vinod.
RD Babu (Coach), Ravindranathan (Manager).

ITI: Sundareshan, Mohan Kumar, Shakaf, Subramaniam, Aslam Khan, P. Kumar, Thomas, Rahmathulla, Rajashekar, Emanuel, Fairoz, John Kenneth Raj, Karun Raj, Vigalmani, Raja, Nazeer Ahmed, Ambrose, RC Prakash, Lionel, Vishnu, Muthukrishna, Ashwath Murthy, Rozario Estebiero, Ronnie Estebiero, Padmanabhan, Sendhil, Avijit Chaterjee, Francis, Verghese, Venkatesh R., Manohar, Harry Frank, Kumar, Harry Philips, Dinakaran, Antic, Tamilmuthu, Charles.
Sri. Kantharaj (Coach), M Babu (Manager).

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ozone begin their I-League second campaign division with a win over South United

South United Media

Ozone FC started their second division I-League campaign with a 1-0 win over South United.   The game was on a knife’s edge till the very end, finally Ozone’s discipline won against a visiting South United FC side that created but couldn’t finish off their chances. 

The first few minutes saw Ozone FC dominate midfield and push forward as South United FC struggled to find their feet in the game. A couple of early efforts from the home side were thwarted by the SUFC custodian Jayanth Kumar. The home side came particularly close when a chipped effort form Ozone hit the crossbar and went behind for a goal kick. 

SUFC got more of a grip in the game as the half wore on and restricted Ozone to fewer chances, however, they struggled to create at the other end thanks to a disciplined defensive performance from David Booth’s men. 

The game had little movement off the ball from either side, but Ozone FC showed more of a threat going forward with more incisive passing and positioning. 

The second half began with South United threatening in the early minutes. They pegged Ozone FC back for the early parts of the half with good constant pressure on them but were unable to capitalize. 

In the 72nd minute, Ozone got their chance as their forward was brought down in the box. Only having been on the pitch for three minutes, the substitute striker Manvir Singh stepped up to take the spot kick and made no error slotting the ball to the keeper’s right and sending him the wrong way. 

Ozone were determined to keep their slender lead but the goal breathed life into the SUFC attack as they pelted the Ozone goal with all they could in the last 15 minutes. A penalty claimed denied and a header that missed by a hair’s breadth was what separated the sides in the end.