Thursday, December 24, 2015

BDFA Super Division - Bengaluru register 1-0 win over ASC

Bengaluru FC Media

A second half strike from CK Vineeth secured three points as Bengaluru FC started their BDFA Super Division League campaign with a 1-0 win over ASC at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

Blues gaffer Ashley Westwood handed starts to summer signings Alwyn George, Nishu Kumar and Salam Ranjan Singh as the Blues started well, dominating possession. Alwyn was in the thick of the action from the start, linking up with Udanta, who did well to pick out Kim in the 36th minute, but his header went inches wide of the far post.

Blues striker CK Vineeth had the best chance of the first half, connecting well with Udanta’s cross to send a rasping strike on target but ASC ’keeper AK Balwant was at hand to make the save. Despite consistent spurts at the opposition defence, it was all square the break as both teams headed into the tunnel.

Bengaluru started the second half with the gaffer making three changes, sending on Seiminlen Doungel, Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Curtis Osano for Udanta, Kim Song Yong and John Johnson. The Blues found the net on the hour mark with Alwyn setting Nishu free down the right, the India U19 international picking out CK Vineeth to smash home past Balwant.

ASC had a rare chance in the 77th minute when midfielder Dawa found himself at the end of a cross from Deepak, but Blues’ ’keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte came off his line to deny the equalizer. Bengaluru had a chance to double their lead when Nishu’s lobbed pass found Daniel through on goal, but the striker’s shot was inches high of Balwant’s crossbar.

Balwant was in the thick of the action once again, after Daniel did well to find Doungel free inside the box. Bengaluru face Income Tax in their second clash of the BDFA Super Division League on Sunday.