Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mumbai FC thrash HAL

Applying a simple approach of striking opportunities as they arise, Mumbai FC thrashed their opponent HAL  5-1 at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Nigerian striker Gbeneme Friday proved to be the star for the Mumbai team after pumping four goals into the HAL net.

The Aircraftmen already relegated had nothing but to play for their pride. However, the team from the garden city ended up with a shabby performance today.

Attacking from left to right, the match started well for Mumbai FC. They made some early intrusions and HAL defense looked tentative.

A defensive lapse from Femi, helped Mumbai to score their first goal. Gbeneme Friday was smart enough to pick the ball and pass to his partner Abhisekh Yadav. The former had all the time in the world, moved the ball to the right side of the goal post.

The second goal was centered again on Abhisekh as HAL keeper Pramod tumbled him down on the penalty box. Abhisekh converted the penalty to his right for his only goal of the match. 
Second goal: Pramod's jump was on the right direction, but could not reach to the ball.
HAL medio Ajit Kumar Singh playing in an unusual position as striker pulled one back in the 24th minute from an accurate cross from Rohit Chand.

Mumbai FC came back strongly post lemon break and scored three more via Gbeneme Friday. 
Third goal: toying with the keeper  before scoring - that is Friday's second goal. Pathetic defending!
Mumbai FC’s talented young coach Khalid Jamil looked delighted after the match, “A good win! I told my boys to stay focused, play with a right attitude, and exert pressure as our opponents’ morale was down.”

“We played a more dominating game on our home match at Pune. In today’s match we’ve missed several scoring opportunities.“, sums up Khalid.

Man of the Match Gbeneme Friday reckoned this to be his best performance in I-league, “We’ve worked hard for this match and let’s hope we’ll survive relegation this time.”

With only a match to play in this edition of I-league, Mumbai FC is still in 11th position with 24 points. To stay in I-league, they will look keenly on Chirag Kerala’s proceedings. The Kerala team is on 12th position with 17 points, but still have 4 matches to play.