Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Bengaluru FC beat ASC, record second win of the league

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC returned to winning ways in the BDFA Super Division League with a convincing 4-0 defeat of ASC & Center FC at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday. Goals from Rahul Raju, Jagdeep Singh, Lalthangliana and Robin Yadav sealed the points for the Blue Colts, who now have eight points from five games in the Division, with two wins, two draws and one loss.

The Blue Colts started the game on the front foot, dominating proceedings for the first 20 minutes, coming close on multiple occasions. A flurry of corners went begging as Bengaluru pushed forward in search of an opener. ASC had a chance of their own in the 32nd minute when Rajak Ahamed took a swipe from distance, but Dipesh Chauhan watched it go wide of his frame. 

Ambling towards the break, the Blue Colts broke the deadlock when Lalthangliana’s shot came off the post and fell kindly for Rahul. The striker controlled the rebound and lifted it into the roof of the net to give the Blue Colts the lead. 

ASC & Center came close to finding a response when a freekick found Saroj Rai unmarked in the box, only 15 minutes into the second period. His header towards goal, however, was collected by Dipesh without fuss. Bengaluru doubled their lead when ASC ’keeper Mutum Raj Singh came off his line in an attempt to dispossess Rahul. The striker turned away from goal and set up Jagdeep, whose shot from outside the box floated its way home to double the Blue Colts’ advantage. 

Bengaluru picked up the pace in the final ten minutes of the game as Bhoite sent on Monirul Molla and Vinith Venkatesh in place of Edwin Rossario and Rahul. Lalthangliana found the net soon after and on the break after Omega Vanlalrhuaitluanga’s inch-perfect pass fed the striker through. Lalthangliana made no mistake, rounding the keeper before rolling the ball into an empty net.

The Blue Colts added a fourth on the night on the stroke of 90 minutes when Jagdeep turned provider, lifting a cross over the ASC defence for Robin to attack and nod past Mutum Raj to make it 4-0 and seal the points.


FCBU record seventh win on the trot beating BUFC 3-0

FCBU Media 

FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) recorded their seventh win on the trot with a 3-0 victory over Bangalore United FC (BUFC). Luka Majcen scored a brace while Batskhemlang Thangkhiew chipped in with an early goal as the defending champions shone with a clinical performance in their BDFA Super Division League game under sunny skies at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

Both teams started slowly, but it wasn’t long before FC Bengaluru United hit their stride. In the 9th minute Ashraf Mondal’s long ball to Bedashwor Singh was passed to Kynsailang Khongsit whose cross to Batskhemlang was neatly chested by him into the right bottom corner of the goal to put FC Bengaluru United 1-0 up. That goal spurred FC Bengaluru United; they started to attack with greater consistency. Their efforts paid off in the 25th minute - Kynsailang’s cross to Luka was cheekily backheeled by the Slovenian striker to push FC Bengaluru United up 2-0.

FC Bengaluru United continued to attack in the second half, while not allowing BUFC to push through with any of their half chances. The defending champions were quick on the counterattack, with BUFC unable to penetrate the FC Bengaluru United defense. In the 58th minute, a smart run from the half-line was set up smartly for Luka to score FC Bengaluru United’s third goal of the match and seal a well-deserved win for them.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

FC Bengaluru United thrash Deccan in a goal fest

FCBU Media 

FC Bengaluru United put in a commanding performance to thrash FC Deccan 9-0 in the ongoing BDFA Super Division Championship 2021-22. Subash Singh (48, 69, 83) scored a hattrick while Luka Majcen (40, 66), Ronaldo Oliviera (10), Bedashwor Singh (21,59), and Jaison Vaz (90+1) were the other goal scorers as the defending champions recorded their sixth win on the trot in style.

Both teams started off slowly at the Bangalore Football Stadium with neither gaining the upper hand early on. In the 10thth minute, Ronaldo made the most of a smart play between James Singh and Bedashwor to get FCBU on the scoreboard. FCBU slowly began to up the ante and in the 21 st minute, a long free kick from Kinshuk was smartly set up by Luka in the box for Bedashwor to get FCBU up 2-0. The match remained on fairly even keel till the 40th minute when a corner taken by Ronaldo was headed back into the box by Kinshuk for Luka to score his first goal of the match.  

The second half though saw the defending champions really stamp their authority on the game with a string of attacking plays and goals. It started off with a penalty taken by Subash in the 48th minute and within 11 minutes after, Bedashwor scored to get FCBU up 5-0. On the attack now, FCBU set up their goals with well-played pieces, James’ long ball from the midfield was smartly controlled by Luka to push FCBU to 6-0 in the 66th minute. Within minutes, Aenam K Jurwa’s pass to Subash saw him neatly take on the FC Deccan goalkeeper to score his second of the game. Not content with two, the striker soon notched up his second hattrick of the tournament in the 83rd minute as FCBU went up 8-0. Jaison Vaz chipped in with another goal in extra time as FCBU sealed a dominant win.


Eagles rally back to win against Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC went down for the first time in the 2021-22 BDFA Super Division League, with a 2-1 loss to Bangalore Eagles at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Thursday. Strikes from Cletus Paul (45’) and Harpreet Rulbir (86’) saw the Eagles claw their way back and claim the points, after an own goal from Ajith Arasu (35’) had given the Blues the lead in the first half.

Sandesh Bhoite made two changes to the side as Macarton Nickson and Monirul Molla replaced Thoi Singh and Bekey. The backline was marshalled by Harpreet Singh and Robin Yadav while Biswa Darjee and Edwin Rossario were tasked with controlling the proceedings in midfield once again. 

The Blue Colts dominated the opening half hour but failed to capitalise after a flurry of missed opportunities, with shots from Lalthangliana and Omega being met by former BFC custodian Shain Khan Chilappuram for the Eagles. 

Five minutes past the half hour mark, Omega’s looping cross fell to Eagles defender Ajith Arasu, whose attempt to clear the ball was nodded past his own 'keeper to give the Blue Colts the lead.

However, miscommunication in defence allowed former Blue Colts striker Cletus Paul to score the equaliser for the Eagles only ten minutes later. Jagdeep Singh and Harpreet Singh clashed with each other, conceding possession in a dangerous area, and Paul finished past Dipesh to make it 1-1 on the stroke of half time.  

Bengaluru looked to the bench as Rahul Raju was brought on for Molla in the second period. The Blue Colts had their first big chance 20 minutes later when Omega and Lalthangliana exchanged passes before the latter's looping cross into the area. The header came in from Macarton, but could only find the woodwork.

After a second half that ambled in cagey fashion, a darting run from another former BFC man in Jacob John down the left flank saw him get past Jagdeep and send in a pin-point cross for Harpreet Rulbir, who tapped home from close range to give the Eagles the lead in the dying embers. 

Bengaluru would push forward and Lalthangliana's shot on the volley in added time was the closest they came to an equaliser, but it deflected just off target in what was the last action of the game.

The Blue Colts are back in action on December 6th, when they face Young Challengers FC at the BFS.


Monday, November 29, 2021

FC Bengaluru United beat Kodagu 4-0, record straight fifth win in BDFA Super Division

FCBU Media 

In a strong showing of attacking prowess against a spirited opponent’s defence, FC Bengaluru United beat Kodagu FC 4-0 in the ongoing BDFA Super Division Championship 2021-22 at the Bangalore Football stadium. Ronaldo Oliviera (38), James Singh (53), Luka Majcen (65), and Bedashwar Singh (68) were the goal scorers for the defending champions. A record fifth win in as many games played in the league. 

Majcen was seen attacking for the home team, creating a couple of strong half chances. The deadlock was broken in the 38th minute – Ronaldo’s first shot on goal was parried away by the Kodagu keeper; Ronaldo though was quick to make the most of the rebound. FCBU went into half-time, clearly with the upper hand. Kodagu, while strong in defence, failed to mount any strong attack, with Kinshuk Debnath holding the FCBU defence together.

FCBU came out looking to attack even more strongly in the second half. In the 53rd minute, James made the most of a strong Aenam G Jurwa run into the box after a free kick to get FCBU 2-0 up. Majcen, who had been on top of his game for most of the match thus far, finally managed to convert a chance in the 65th minute – making the most of a deflection off the Kodagu goalkeeper and adroitly avoiding two Kodagu defenders to score into the open net. Three minutes later, Kynsailang Khongsit took a shot on goal off a Ronaldo cross that deflected and landed neatly in front of an open net for Bedashwor Singh to get FCBU 4-0 up.

In the 84th minute Kodagu were awarded a penalty, but the chance was saved by the diving FCBU goalkeeper Kunzang Bhutia.