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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bengaluru FC colts crowned Super Division champions

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Bengaluru FC were crowned Champions of the BDFA Super Division League in a glittering ceremony held at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Sunday. The Blue Colts, who had sealed the title with a game to spare after their victory over ASC on December 27, were handed the prestigious George Hoover trophy for the first time in their six-year history.

Post an exhibition game against second placed Ozone FC, Naushad Moosa’s boys received their trophy from M.P. Swamy, Chairman of the Bangalore District Football Association.

The Blue Colts set a few records en route to their maiden title as they finished as the only team to win ten games. In fact, with 34 points in their kitty, they finished with a seven-point lead over second placed Ozone FC (27 pts from nine games). Bengaluru's tally of 46 goals scored was the highest this season and they also put an impressive defensive performance conceding just four goals in thirteen games, the least among all 14 teams in the Division.

Speaking on the historic occasion, Bengaluru FC’s Chief Technical Officer Mandar Tamhane said, “We came close on a couple of occasions in the past but’s a great achievement for the club to finally get over the line and claim this elusive trophy. The BDFA Super Division League has provided a great platform for our Colts to get valuable game time which was the idea behind forming the team last season. Their triumph in the Puttaiah Memorial Cup earlier in the season and the Super Division title now just shows how much progress the boys have made under Naushad Moosa and also attests our player pathway. The league has been improving every year and the experience that our boys had this season will definitely help them in the 2nd Division League campaign that begins this week.”

Coach Naushad Moosa was delighted with the triumph but also highlighted the hard work put in by the boys throughout the season. “It was a tough competition overall for us and the early loss against MEG was a wake-up call. It was important to get out of the relaxed mode and the boys immediately bounced back with a big win over Students Union and there was no looking back since then. We managed to rotate the squad throughout the competition and everyone who got a chance put in a great performance. This year the competition has provided us with the perfect preparation for the 2nd Division League which will be the real test for the boys.”

Bengaluru FC B travel to Goa on Tuesday, where they take on FC Goa Reserves in their opening match of the 2nd Division League, at the Nagoa Ground.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

South United smash six past CIL

South United Media 

The 6-0 scoreline was an accurate reflection of an immensely one-sided tie as South United FC ran away with 6 goals without reply from CIL who struggled to get a foot in the game.

An early goal kicked off the game on the right note for SUFC as Manivannan found the back of the net from close range to give them the lead in the 3rd minute. Most of the first 45 minutes was spent with CIL camped in their own half defending South United’s attacks.

With better finishing, South United FC should have been at least 3 goals ahead in the first 15 minutes, but their touch in front of goal failed them on many an occasion. The second goal came in the 26th minute through a defensive error and Kishori was on hand to capitalise and put it past the CIL keeper who found himself in no man’s land.

The second half wasn’t too different from the first as South United kept a strong hold on the game, but CIL seemed to show more grit. They proved a much tougher nut to crack in the second half but Kishori was on hand again in the 62nd minute to make the score 3-0. That goal opened up the floodgates for South United FC as 6 minutes later the substitute Riswanali added to the scoreline.

Kishori topped a great team performance with a hattrick which he completed in the 78th minute. South United weren’t finished though, they found a goal in the 90th minute through midfielder Thapa who finished form inside the box as a wayward ball arrived at his feet.

A dominant performance to end the BDFA Super Division 2018-19 season for South United FC was just what the doctor ordered for them as they gear up to compete in the Hero Second Division League.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Shreyas to lead U17 and Edwin U21 in Khelo India Youth Games

Karnataka will be participating in boys U-17 and U-21 football championship in the Khelo India Youth Games. This years edition is held at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune from January 9. 

The U-17 team is placed in Group A along with Mizoram, Punjab, and Uttarakhand and the U-21 in Group B along with Punjab, Goa, and Manipur. 

U-17 team 

Shreyas Ketkar (Captain), Praful Kumar Y V (VC), Vikash Sharma, Sharangthem Herojit Singh, Anish Mazumdar, Sanasam Surjitkumar Singh, Chanambam Ronald Singh, Khwairakpam Commandant Singh, Niketh N, Anto R, Uzen Chhozang, BS Mrinal Muthanna, Rahul P, Arnold Lalroutsang, Michael Pominthang Toutang, Tongbram krishnakantha Singh, Arnold Carmel Raj D, Sumit Kumar Puran

Coach - Shiva Kumar, Manager - S Shiva
  • 10-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Mizoram 
  • 12-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Punjab 
  • 14-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Uttarakhand 

U-21 team

Edwin Rossario (Captain), Deepak Kumar K (Vice Captain), Kiran Saravanan, Pradeep R, Arun H, Vignesh V, Lethaolen Khongsai, Kevin Koshy, Praveen Prakash, Sudeer Kotikela, Lokesh M, Joel Kevyn Braganza, Johnson, Maria Nelson, Shravan Kumar U, Sachu Siby, Surya Prakash, Pavan S

Coach - C Ravi Kumar, Manager - Mohammed Imtiyaz 
  • 11-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Punjab  
  • 13-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Goa  
  • 15-01-2019: Karnataka Vs Manipur 


Thursday, January 3, 2019

South United battle out a draw against MEG

South United Media 

South United started well by taking a lead in the 21st minute but squandered control of to MEG’s well drilled performance. 

Their bright start in the game meant that South United FC had MEG on the backfoot early on with most of the play flowing through their forward Riswanali.  It was fitting that the opening goal of the game came from him.

SUFC continued to attack for the most part of the first half but found it difficult to put away the chances they were creating. The only real chances that fell MEG’s way came towards the end of the first half as they started to capitalise on some poor giveaways from SUFC. They made the best of those chances in added time at the end of the first half as Hemanth put away his shot to equalise for MEG.

The second half saw some tables turning in the favour of MEG’s attack. Though, not threatening on every attack, their direct play saw South United struggling for a response. Whereas they had been clinical in the last few minutes of the first half, MEG were struggling to get on the end of their chances and finish them off.

South United’s fight back came midway through the first half and they were unlucky not to take the lead when they were on top, but MEG were quick to suppress any attack that was thrown at them. The game was on a knife’s edge for the last few minutes but the cagey nature of the game meant that neither team risked it all to get the three points.