Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bengaluru whack Salgaokar, take pole position

Propelled by a favorable result in Mohun Bagan’s match yesterday, the Blues whopped seventh-placed Salgaokar 3-1 at their fortress. 

Salgaokar coach Derrick Perriera preferred Karanjit Singh over National team skipper Subrata Paul. Something to do with Paul’s performance in their 2-4 loss against Royal Wahingdoh! They kicked off the game from right to left.   

Bengaluru began the game in a positive note. The game was only 3 minutes old, a big appeal from Bengaluru when CK Vineeth fell down inside the edge of box, referee Ajit Metei overruled the plea.

They forced the first corner in 6th after a beautiful wall pass between Shankar and Thoi, however the corner yielded any result. 

A horrendous pass from Salgaokar defender Augustin Fernandes in 10th minute almost gave an opening to BFC. 

Heavy downpour at the middle of the first-half made the ground heavy, players found difficult to play control the ball.

The first goal for the Blues came in 25th minute, Thoi Singh who was on the top of the box received the ball after a goalmouth melee from Eugenson’s corner, Thoi’s accurate attempt kept the ball into the back of the net. 

It was all Bengaluru after the goal with the strikers missed scoring opportunities at least three-times. The visitors came close in few occasions, the long rangers kept the Bengaluru defense perturbed, but proved futile for Salgaokar. 

Salgaokar came back well in the later half. Keeper Ralte put up a brave save at the beginning of the second-half, when Salgaokar was holding the game. That was one powerful shot from skipper Douhou, which was on target. 

Few minutes later, it was Douhou again in action, this time a curling shot from free-kick which Ralte managed to put away. 

The consistent pressure proved good for them. Striker Darryl Duffy came up with a world class equalizer from Douhou’s cross. 

However, within no time Bengaluru took the lead again courtesy Mr. consistent Eugenson Lyngdoh. It was Vineeth's header via Rooney’s cross which keeper Karanjit prevented only to find a marching Lyngdoh who coolly placed the ball in the goal. 

One cannot keep Lyngdoh out of action. Bengaluru took 3-1 lead and this time with his assist. Lyngdoh’s precise corner which central back Curtis Osano headed to goal. That was Osano’s first goal for Bengaluru FC!