Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bengaluru FC qualify for the final round of U18 Youth League

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC sealed qualification to the final phase of the Hero U18 Youth League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ozone FC in their final zonal phase game at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru on Sunday. 

A brace from striker Akashdeep Singh (51’, 68’) and a late penalty kick conversion from midfielder Lalrintluanga Chawnglut (90’) handed the Blue Colts their seventh win of the campaign. The result took their tally to 21 points as they qualified for the final phase of the competition as Karnataka-Andhra zone toppers. FC Mangalore who finished second with 16 points will go into the qualifying phase. 

After an end-to-end game in the first half, it was Bengaluru who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Akashdeep’s close-range header from Robin Yadav’s freekick from the right found the back of the net. 

With the goal giving Bengaluru FC more confidence going forward, Akashdeep Singh doubled his and the Blue Colts’ tally in the 68th minute when he latched onto playmaker Lalrintluanga Chawnglut’s through ball on a counter attack and rounded off Ozone ’keeper Jeevan Kumar to slot home a left-footer, his 11th of the campaign. 

Bengaluru would have another goal late on as Lalrintluanga made it 3-0 with a calm penalty kick conversion in the 90th minute after Rahul Rajan had been fouled in the rival box by Ozone skipper Rohmingthanga.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Roots Football Foundation host inter academy football festival

Roots Football Foundation in association with BLK Kashyap will be hosting an inter academy football festival for the budding 11 years and below footballers. Leading football academies from the garden city will be taking part in the festival. 

Played in league cum knockout format, the festival will be played at New Age World School, Yelahanka on December 9 and 16. 

The various age categories include: 
  • Under 11 (for 2007 and 2008 born)
  • Under 9 (for 2009 and 2010 born)
  • Under 7 (for 2011 and 2012 born) 

Under 11 and 9 age category will be played in 7-a-side (7+ 5 substitutes) format and Under 7 in 4-a-side for without goalkeepers (4 +3 substitutes).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Bengaluru cruise past Eagles 5-1, go 8-points clear at the top

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC recorded a fifth consecutive win in dominant fashion as they brushed aside Bangalore Eagles 5-1 in a Round-7 encounter of the BDFA Super Division League at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Friday.

A brace each from Leon Augustine (35’, 64’) and substitute Lalnuntluanga (87’, 90’) after skipper Myron Mendes’ (20’) opener handed the Blue Colts their sixth win of the campaign. The result meant Naushad Moosa’s boys took their tally to 18 points after seven games, extending their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

The game began on a sour note when Edmund Lalrindika was withdrawn after a tackle down the flank saw the Blue Colts’ striker unable to continue. Bengaluru broke the deadlock in the 20th minute as Altamash Sayed’s free-kick from the right was headed home by Myron at the second post.

The Blue Colts then doubled their advantage in the 35th when Leon struck from close range after left-back Parag Shrivas did well to keep the ball in before sending a low powerful cross into the box to Leon who timed his run well for a finish that creeped in at the far post.

Bangalore Eagles pulled one back early on in the second half when a flailing hand from Parag in the BFC box caught a cross and prompted the referee to point to the spot. Striker Gopi levelled the scores with his penalty in the 50th minute.

However, it was the Blues Colts who restored their two-goal cushion when Leon completed his brace in the 64th minute. Myron, with a delicate chip, found Leon making a run into the box on the right, and the winger found the back of the net at the far post on the volley.

Striker Lalnuntluanga, on for Edmund in the first half, struck a brace late on to complete the rout. Biswa Darjee was the provider on the first instance, setting Lalnuntluanga up with a perfectly threaded pass in the 87th minute. On the stroke of regulation time, the striker scored his second, poking Leon’s aerial ball past an advancing Abhishek in the Bangalore Eagles goal, before slotting home from close.

Bengaluru FC will next face Bangalore Independents on Tuesday, December 11.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Ten-man Bengaluru down South United 1-0

Bengaluru FC Media

Attacker Naorem Roshan Singh’s 4th minute goal was enough for Bengaluru FC to seal a fourth successive win in the BDFA Super Division League as they overcame South United FC 1-0 at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday. The win was the Blue Colts’ fifth of the campaign in six games, and took their tally to 15 points, consolidating their top spot in the standings.
The Blue Colts played with a man less for the entire second half after goalkeeper Aditya Patra was sent off for bringing down South United attacker Rizwanali outside the box in the first minute of injury time in the first half.
It was the Blue Colts who began the game aggressively and it took only four minutes for them to break the deadlock. Defender Parag Shrivas sent Roshan through in the box with a quick throw-in from the left flank on a counter attack. Roshan controlled the ball well and held off a couple of challenges before slotting it past the Jayanth Kumar in the rival goal on the bounce.
With a one goal advantage, Moosa’s boys took charge of the proceedings dominating possession in the rival half. With South United forced back, the Blue Colts had attempts on goal through Altamash Sayed and Roshan but the duo couldn’t get the better off the rival custodian.
With the first half coming to an end, Bengaluru suffered a setback when Patra was shown a straight red. The ’keeper was penalized for bringing down Rizwanali couple yards outside the box in a one-on-one situation.
Despite having a man less for the entire second half, the Blue Colts managed to dominate the proceedings and had a couple of close chances through Edmund Lalrindika and Altamash who failed to convert. Nonetheless, Bengaluru managed to defend well and seal a well-deserved win.
The Blue Colts now play Bangalore Eagles on Tuesday, December 11.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

South United held to a 2-2 draw against Dream United

South United FC Media 

Dream United started the game pressing high up the pitch but as the game wore on, their press dropped lower, leaving only two men up top to make life uncomfortable for the SUFC defence.

As South United started to gain more possession, Dream United found themselves playing more defensive. On one of the occasions where Bangalore Dream United FC tried to break, their attack was stopped early on and the ball landed at SUFC captain Magesh’s feet. The midfielder found Aaron’s run with a looping ball over the top and the striker lobbed the ball past the stranded keeper into the empty net.

The tide turned quickly to favour Bangalore Dream United FC though as one of their attacks down the right-hand side found Rahul in the box, whose cross found his teammate inside the box and he made no mistake from close range to equalize.

They would score again in extra time of the first half as a ball over the top of the defence came towards SUFC’s custodian Jayanth who rushed out of the box to intercept, but his erroneous pass found the opposition attacker, Niyaz, who rolled the ball into the goal from a distance.

SUFC finished the half on top but had little to show for it as they went in trailing by 2 goals to 1, but they began the second half as they finished the first one – constantly on the front foot.

They looked for an avenue past the Bangalore Dream United FC wall in front of the penalty area but found few gaps. A few half chances later, Aaron burst into the box on the left and turned abruptly at the touchline to head towards goal when he was brought down. Jewel stood over the resulting penalty but could only hit the post despite beating the keeper.

Only a few minutes later, in the 68th minute, Nidhin put in a hopeful lobbed ball into the box which Aaron runs onto and loops past the keeper to find parity for SUFC.

The game opened up once the teams were tied at 2-2 and both teams threatened to score in the last 20 minutes, but neither defence would let up as the game ended in a stalemate.