Thursday, September 22, 2022

FCBU record 5-0 win over Young Challengers

FCBU Media  

Defending champions FC Bengaluru United kept up their winning ways in the ongoing BDFA Super Division Championship with a 5-0 win over Young Challengers at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Irfan Yarwad (5, 25), Jairo Rodrigues (7), Chesterpaul Lyngdoh (66)., and Shajan Franklin (77) scored for FCBU. 

Much like their earlier games, FCBU started creating chances from the get-go and were soon rewarded with a goal within the first few minutes. Aenam Jyrwa crossed the ball in from a short corner to set it up for Irfan to head it in and get the defending champions on the scoreboard. Irfan nearly had another goal in the next minute, only to see his shot hit the goalpost. In the seventh minute it was Aenam in the middle of the action once again – this time his cross-in was put away by Jairo to get FCBU up 2-0.

FCBU continued to dominate and control most of the possession, creating half chances. In the 25th minute, a beautiful shot from Shajan Franklin cleanly split the YC defence to set up an easy finish for Yarwad.

It was a similar script in the second half with FCBU dominating possession and control. There was an early chance for Aenam as he went one on one with the YC keeper but was unable to finish it off. Soon after Jairo tried to lob the ball over the YC keeper in the 59th minute only to see the ball sail over the bar. 

A good run by Selwyn Miranda on the left flank in the 66th minute was followed by a shot on target, only to have it deflected by the YC keeper. The ball landed straight at Lyngdoh’s feet, and he didn’t make any mistake to get FCBU up 4-0. 

Eleven minutes later, Franklin secured his first goal of the game through a corner as FCBU went up 5-0. FCBU continued to create a few more chances but were unable to see them through; the score line ended with a strong 5-0 win for the defending champions.  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Bengaluru FC are Durand Cup champions

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC added yet another piece of silverware to an already impressive collection when they were crowned champions of the historic Durand Cup, beating Mumbai City FC 2-1, at the Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata, on Sunday. Sivasakthi Narayanan (11’) opened the scoring for Bengaluru early with a delightful take, before Apuia Ralte’s (30’) tap-in from close saw Mumbai draw level. But Alan Costa’s (61’) thumping header from a corner was enough to see Simon Grayson begin his reign as Bengaluru manager with a title. 

Grayson made two changes to the side that took on Hyderabad FC in the semifinal as Sivasakthi replaced Rohit Kumar, while Alan Costa started ahead of Parag Shrivas at the back. Des Buckingham recalled the services of Apuia, while Greg Stewart and Lallianzuala Chhangte continued in attack.

Bengaluru started the stronger of the two outfits, and scored with what was their first chance of the game. Aleksandar Jovanovic, spotting Sivasakthi with a chance to run at the Islanders backline, lifted a punt over the top that Mourtada Fall missed. Sensing the opportunity, Sivasakthi continued his run and nudged the Senegalese defender out of the way, before lobbing a mature finish over Phurba Lachenpa to put his side in the lead.

Grayson’s side attacked with intent down both flanks as Naorem Roshan Singh and Prabir Das stretched play at every opportunity. Ahmed Jahouh had Mumbai’s first chance, with his effort from distance flying off target, before Buckhingham’s side found the equalizer through Apuia on the half hour mark.  

Stewart’s quick free-kick allowed Mumbai a shot on target that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu managed to parry. However, Apuia was alert to the danger and managed to slot home on the rebound past Sandesh Jhingan’s attempted last-ditch challenge.

Only eight minutes later, Sivasakthi almost reclaimed the lead for Bengaluru after Alan Costa’s header from a corner fell to Roy Krishna. The Fiji International’s shot found its way to Sivasakthi, who attempted a flicked finish, but Jahouh hooked away off the line to keep things level. 

Into the second period, Bengaluru had the first chance when Sivasakthi forced Lachenpa into a wayward pass that Chhetri intercepted before feeding Krishna in space. Krishna’s attempt from distance seemed to be heading toward goal, but for Mumbai defender Royston Griffiths, who nodded over.

The Blues continued to push forward in search of the lead and almost found it when Jayesh Rane’s deft chip found Chhetri unmarked in the box. The skipper took a touch and composed himself, but his shot was met by a fine save from Lachenpa. From the resulting corner, however, Bengaluru would retake their lead.

Chhetri’s delivery, floated in with pace, was met by a thumping header from Brazilian defender Costa, which flew past Lachenpa and gave Grayson’s side the lead once again. Costa would be replaced soon after, as Grayson rang a first change of the evening, introducing Parag Shrivas.

Into the final quarter, the hosts rang in two changes as Fall and Vinit Rai were replaced by Alberto Noguera and Mehtab Singh. Bengaluru had a chance to put the game to bed in the 87th minute when Chhetri was found in the box by Sivasakthi, but the skipper, who managed to skip past two defenders, saw his effort fly over the bar.

Into added time, Mumbai almost drew level through Stewart, who managed to get a shot away but it rolled off target. The Blues return to Indian Super League action next, where they begin with a clash against NorthEast United at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on October 8th.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sporting Club Bengaluru net five against MEG, Agniputhra beat Young Challengers

BDFA Super Division debutant Sporting Club Bengaluru notched 5-0 win over former champion MEG played at the Bangalore Football Stadium today. In the other game played at the same venue, another debutant FC Agniputhra defeated Young Challengers 1-0. 

Sporting Club Bengaluru and MEG game saw the Cote d'ivoirian striker, Bernard Yao Kouassi, who has earlier plied his trade for Real Kashmir in I-league, stole the thunder by scoring a hattrick for Sporting Club. Ashish Jha and Amey Bhatkal scored the other two goals.

The game was marred with tempers. Two of the MEG men were given marching orders in the second half, they played with 9 men from 74th minute onwards.

in the other game, Uttam Rai, former junior India international, scored the lone goal for Agniputhra against Young Challengers.

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source: FC Agniputhra Media

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Bengaluru enter maiden Durand Cup final with 1-0 win over Hyderabad

Bengaluru FC Media 

A resolute, gritty performance aided by an own-goal from Hyderabad FC’s Odei Onaindia (30’) sent Bengaluru FC through to their first-ever Durand Cup final with a 1-0 win, at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata, on Thursday. Simon Grayson’s Blues will now face Mumbai City FC in the summit clash, set to take place at the same venue, on Sunday, September 18th.

Earlier, Grayson made one change to the Blues’ side that beat Odisha FC, as Jayesh Rane replaced Javi Hernandez. Manolo Marquez started with Joel Chianese in attack, with Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche playing behind him.

Hyderabad had the first chance of the game when Ogbeche found a pocket of space and got a shot away in the 8th minute, but Blues’ ’keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was equal to it. Moments later at the other end, Roy Krishna had a shot of his own that Anuj Kumar parried away to safety.

Bengaluru opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Jayesh Rane drove forward in possession and found Prabir Das down the flank. The Blues’ full-back’s inch-perfect cross was met by Krishna, and then deflected into the back of the net by Hyderabad defender Onaindia.

Bengaluru took the lead into the break and Grayson rang in a change at the start of the second half as Namygal Bhutia replaced Rohit Kumar. Gurpreet was called into action soon after the restart when Ogbeche nodded a header on target but the Blues’ custodian pulled a save to keep his side in the lead. 

The Blues made more changes just shy of the hour mark, as Danish Farooq and Udanta Singh replaced Rane and Naorem Roshan Singh. Bengaluru continued to push forward in attack but came up against a stubborn Hyderabad side. Marquez made changes of his own as Nim Dorjee Tamang and Borja Herrera came off to replace Mohammed Yasir and Onaindia.

Bengaluru were forced into a fourth change of the evening when Prabir was stretchered away, prompting Grayson to turn to Leon Augustine with just over ten minutes left to play. Herrera set up the visitors’ best chance of the second period when his lay-off found Ogbeche arriving and unmarked in the box, but the Nigerian’s shot in the 77th minute was off target. 

Hyderabad made several forays into the final third and had their best chances from set-pieces but were denied by stubborn defending as Bengaluru’s trio of Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Parag Shrivas made their aerial prowess count to see out the win.


FCBU continue their winning streak in BDFA Super DIvision

FCBU Media 

Maintaining unbeaten run, defending champions FC Bengaluru United beat Roots FC 3-0 in the ongoing BDFA Super Division League at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Jairo Rodrigues (21’, 84) and Shajan Franklin (59’) were the goal scorers for FCBU.

FC Bengaluru United started strongly, trying to take control of the possession early on. They worked hard to create a few chances – six minutes into the game, Manvir Singh crossed the ball in; after a brief scrimmage, the ball reached Mohamed Kdouh, whose shot on goal sailed high above the bar. In the 14th minute, Shajan tried to make the most of a loose ball only to have it saved by the Roots FC keeper.  

FC Bengaluru United continued to pile on the pressure and attack and the shackles finally broke in the 21st minute. A long throw-in from Praful Kumar was smartly manoeuvred into the goal by Jairo to give FCBU the lead. FCBU continued to create chances; in the 43rd minute a short corner from Manoj Kannan was headed by Jairo towards the goal, only to see it narrowly miss. FCBU went into halftime leading 1-0, having controlled most of the game thus far, Roots FC having only one clear chance - a testimony to how FCBU were strong both in attack and defence.

It was a similar script in the second half, with FCBU setting up chances from the start. Three minutes in, a cross from Aenam Jyrwa set up a clear shot for Selwyn Miranda, only to see his diving header sail high over the bar; soon after an attempt from Shajan from outside the box sailed over the goal. In the 59th minute, Aenam’s cross into the box was misjudged by the Roots FC defender to set up an easy finish for Franklin to get FCBU up 2-0. FCBU continued to press on, controlling possession, and soon enough, in the 84th minute, it was Jairo again, making the most of a Rakesh Pradhan freekick to head the ball in and score his second goal of the match and push FCBU up 3-0.