Monday, February 28, 2011

HAL redeem full points

Riding on an opportunistic goal from Malemngamba Meetei in the second-half, the aircraftmen secured full points from their home engagement against Mumbai FC. The good run continued for this public sector team after remaining unbeaten for the 4th consecutive home match.


The game was played in an attacking style with both teams having their share of chances to score. Xavier Vijaykumar made some splendid moves from the right flank providing scoring opportunities, however the strikers failed to capitalize on the chances. 


The second half saw a resurged HAL making several forays in the Mumbai FC defense - seemed like the goal was just about a matter of time to come.


In the 71st minutes, winger Ankit Sharma who replaced Hamza in the first-half, gave a pass for  Malemngamba after collecting a flick from Xavier, Malem who was left unmarked came running and accurately placed the ball to the goal. This is the 2nd time Malem’s goal sealed victory for his team. He was the true candidate for the man-of-the-match.


With 19 points after 16 rounds, HAL is safely placed in 8th position, they have successfully averted the relegation scare. HAL now travels to Goa to play their next match against the front-runner Salgaonkar. The round 17  match will be played on Friday, March 4.


Community Gathering

Right at the high-drama of India-England cricket match played at Chinnaswamy stadium, a few hundred meters away from this venue, these kids face-painted  to cheer their hero Noel Wilson.


Hundreds of Anglo Indians turned up to see their icon from Austin Town Noel  playing. Such a great feeling!

Long live these small communities for lending unconditional support for their heroes, moreover long live these small pockets like Gauthampuram and Austin Town in Bangalore, Khadki, Ghorpadi, and Camp in Pune, Malappuram in Kerala, and Mahilpur in Punjab for churning out footballers.