Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bengaluru FC thrash DSK Shivajians, snatch the pole

AIFF Media 

Putting a much-improved show, Bengaluru FC thrashed DSK Shivajians 4-1 at the Sree Kanterava Stadium, Bangalore. Bengaluru scored two goals in each half - Sunil Chhetri opened the account for them, followed by Kim Song Yong. Shankar Shampangiraj and Seimilen Doungel scored one each in the second half. 

Other day Bengaluru coach Ashley Westwood expressed his worry about continuing with the same set of eleven players, particularly for the matches that his team will be playing in quick succession. He drafted Siam Hanghal, Keegan Perreira, Beikhokhei from the bench. Also, Medio Shankar returned after missing out the previous game. 

DSK Shivajians could only field two foreigners, coach Derrik Perrera could not get the services of their their third foreigner Aser Pierrick Dipanda owing to injury. 

First chance for the visitors came in 6th minute – right-half Israil Gurung got enough free space to carry the ball close to the box, however the shot was feeble and missed the target. 

Gurung got another chance the 11th minute when he anticipated Osano’s thru to the wing, he ran down for 10 meters only to deliver a harmless center. The ball was easily collected by Amrinder. 

Meanwhile BFC looked in no hurry, concentrated on ball possession.  

The host took the lead in 14th minute of the game via Captain Sunil Chhetri. DSK defense fouled Kim Song on the top of the box, a free kick was awarded, Chhetri’s accurate curler was out of keeper Subrata Paul’s reach. 

In 28’ minute DSK got a free kick from an identical position, unlike Chhetri, Douhou missed the target. 

DSK’s effort to come back on the game was put down by Kim Song Yong in the 32’ minute. Rino Anto came up from the flank and delivered an accurate center to unmarked Kim, the Korean’s header got the ball back of the net and gave his team 2-0 lead. 

DSK pulled one back in the added time of the first half - Douhou came to the right flank following the ball, took a short center, local boy and former Bengaluru FC player Sampathkumar Kuttymani smartly tapped the ball to the goal. 

Post lemon-break, BFC continued putting pressure. Third goal for the Blues came from a lovely move from the right flank. Rino Anto puts a low cross to the center, short-satured Beikho heads the ball diagonally to the goal, keper Paul could just about keep his hand to avert the goal. Following the ball, Shankar puts the ball to the net. 

Young Seimilen Doungel after replacing Kim Song joined the party and scored the fourth goal for his team in the 80th minute.  

Bengaluru FC were a far better team today, they could have pumped a few more in the later half, only if their strikers could find the target. DSK were up against a far superior team, they were nowhere in the game mainly in the second half. 

Local hero Shankar Sampingraj was adjudged the Hero of the Match.