Saturday, April 16, 2011

Must win for HAL

Before desperation time gets set, you need survive, and for that must to go all out and conquer. This should be the mantra for Aircraftmen, especially after getting thrashed by the low-ranked (then) teams. 

Manjit Singh scored in Air India's
upset win against Salgaonkar
 
In a battle of survival among the Public Sector teams, HAL lock horns with Air India tomorrow, Sunday, April 17, at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. 

The teams are now separated by three points. The earlier game, home match for Air India, resulted in 1-1 draw. 

Air India has won two matches in last 4 rounds, whereas HAL has managed only one draw in same number of matches. In the in flop side, the later was handed with two big-margin defeats (4-0) in last two matches.

Thanks to some ill-timed players’ injury, suspension, and enough quality reserves, nothing seems to be working for HAL in recent past. 

Cool down session for HAL the Kanteerava Stadium
The downfall just started when everyone thought HAL has survived relegation scare. Meanwhile, the teams lying beneath them in the points table suddenly picked up and started causing upset by beating stronger teams. As a result, the survival fight among the bottom-placed teams is got more exciting.

Air India warms-up at the Kanteerava Stadium
After Viva Kerala defeating Mumbai FC, HAL is in 11th spot and Air India in 13. A win and Air India catches HAL. 

In the last three rounds, HAL will be playing against the top three teams, Dempo, Churchill Brothers, and East Bengal. So, must win situation for HAL, not only in tomorrow’s match but also the next match, against PuneFC, to be played next week.