Monday, January 4, 2016

Bengaluru FC defeat Students Union 2-0

Bengaluru FC Media 

A first half brace from striker Pawan Srinivas was enough as a very young Bengaluru FC side secured a 2-0 victory over Students Union FC in the BDFA Super Division at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Monday. Not a single first team player was part of the Blues’ side, who are undefeated in the Division, as U19s coach Louis Nickson took charge at the touchline with a side comprising just academy players, overseen by Head of Youth Development Matthew Holland.

The Blues started from the word go with Rishabh Agarwal and Pradeep Ramesh pulling the strings in midfield as full-backs Niraad Bose and Prashanth Kalinga provided width down the flanks. It didn’t take long for Bengaluru to score with Pawan tapping home from inside the box after Kalinga’s inch-perfect cross from the right flank in the very first minute.

Students Union attempted to restore parity but it wasn’t to be as the Blues piled the pressure, eager to double their lead. The second goal came in the 23rd minute when Rushi Anto was brought down for a free-kick at the edge of the Students Union box after some neat interplay by the Blues in midfield. Rishabh’s perfectly executed set piece was nodded home by Pawan as he grabbed his second goal of the game.

Into the second half and holding a 2-0 advantage, the Blues kept the pressure on the Union defence with Rushi and Pradeep combining well in midfield. Students Union had a rare chance when striker Stephen found himself at the end of a cross from Madan but his header was inches wide of Srijit in the BFC goal.

The Blues best chance of the second half came when a cross from Shelton Paul late in the second half found Blues’ substitute striker Gopan, who peeled free of the Union defence, but his shot was miscued as the referee blew the whistle on an impressive performance from the young Blues.

“The boys performed really well today to get the three points as Students Union are a very good side. We’re looking to keep this performance in mind as we go forward in the Division and the aim is to keep another clean sheet and put on another positive performance when we take on Ozone FC next week,” said U19s coach Louis Nickson following the game.

The Blues’ next BDFA Super Division tie will see them face Ozone FC on the 12th of January.