Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bengaluru Reserves beat ARA FC, remain unbeaten In 2nd division

Bengaluru FC Media  

Bengaluru FC B got back to winning ways with a dominant 2-0 win over Ahmedabad-based ARA FC in a Round 6 encounter of the Hero 2nd Division League at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, on Wednesday. Second half goals from Naorem Roshan Singh (47’) and Altamash Sayed (73’) sealed the points for Naushad Moosa’s Blue Colts, as they moved seven points clear at the top of Group A in the standings, while extending their unbeaten run to six games.

Going into the game after a goalless draw against LoneStar Kashmir five days ago, Coach Naushad Moosa made one change, with versatile midfielder Biswa Darjee replacing Sairuat Kima in the Starting XI. In a half that saw very few clear chances for either side, it was BFC’s Roshan Singh who came the closest to find the back of the net, but the winger’s left-footed grounder came off the upright after he managed to create space outside the box and take a swipe in the 36th minute.

ARA ’keeper Abhishek Das pulled off a point blank save from a Myron Mendes header after Altamash Sayed’s cross as both teams went into the tunnel with the scores unchanged. The second half sprung to life inside two minutes as the hosts broke the deadlock. Roshan Singh capitalised on a miscued clearance from Abhishek and slotted home from close for his fourth goal of the campaign.

The early goal gave Moosa’s boys a much-needed confidence boost, as they began dominating proceedings even more. With ARA just pushing up on counters, BFC B practically stayed put in the rival half for most of the second period.

Parag Shrivas had a good chance when he set on a solo down the middle, but his powerful drive was tipped over by Das in the 70th minute. However, the ARA ’keeper was helpless three minutes later when a quick interplay between substitutes Advait Shinde and Amay Morajkar on the right saw the latter send Altamash free in the box who took a touch before calmly finishing at the far post to make it 2-0.

Bengaluru FC B now travel north to face LoneStar Kashmir on Wednesday, March 27, in a fixture that has been rescheduled to take place at the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Sports Complex, in Katra, Jammu.

Monday, March 4, 2019

South United beat Fateh Hyderabad, register first win in second division

South United Media 

A cagey game saw both sides put on a disciplined performance, which South United FC (SUFC) did just enough to walk away with a narrow win in the end. While most of Fateh Hyderabad's attacking threat early in came through long throws, SUFC were reliant on some great wing play. However, both teams put on a stellar defensive show for most of the game and only saw themselves lose shape towards the end.

SUFC channeled most of their attacks on the left flank through Aaron and Sudipta. They were involved in the best chance of the first half as they created a great opportunity for Rungsing, whose composure let him down in front of goal.

The stand out performance of the half came from defender Amit Tudu who was at the end of every cross and made a number of important blocks to keep his side in the game.

The second half started in the same vein as the first, with time however, both sides began to venture forward much more.

This saw FHAFC press high up the pitch and win the ball in dangerous areas. On one such occasion they came within a hair's breadth of getting the lead but Jayanth's superb reactions kept them in the game.

Only a few minutes later, Aaron was released down the right, he did well to beat his man and roll the ball into Jotin Singh's path and he made no mistake from a few yards out.

The visiting side pushed hard in the remaining 20 minutes to pull level, but despite coming close on a couple of occasions, SUFC held out to clinch the win.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sub-Junior League: Bengaluru down Boca Juniors 2-0

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC made it two successive wins after a 2-0 win over Boca Juniors FS in a second round encounter of the Hero Sub-Junior League at the Centre for Sports Excellence in Yelahanka on Thursday.

A goal in each half from Chandan Biju (27’, 50’) secured all three points for the Young Blues who took their tally to six points and stay atop in Group B of the Bengaluru Zone.

After dominating early exchanges, a quick transition allowed Bengaluru to split the rival defence and break the deadlock in the 27th minute. Skipper Gautam Rajesh found Chandan on left, and the attacker, who struck four times in the opener against Jain Academy, cut in past three defenders before firing it into the top-left corner from the edge of the box for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Rajan Mani’s boys doubled their advantage in the second half on a counter-attack that began from the right in the 50th minute. Aditya Kalasur sent Ishan R through down the right flank, and the attacker took one touch before sending in a low cross inside the box for Chandan to finish from close range and seal the 2-0 win.

Bengaluru FC will next play Ananthapur Sports Academy away at the Centre for Sports Excellence in Yelahanka on March 8. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

South United held to a 1-1 draw by Chennaiyin Reserves

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South United FC (SUFC) were seconds away from registering their first win of the Hero Second Division League but were thwarted by a 92nd minute goal by Krishna Pandit. 

The opening few minutes saw SUFC dominate possession and make inroads into the Chennaiyin FC (CFC) half. They created some half chances early on troubling their backline but were unable to find a penetrative attack.

In the 15th minute, David took on a speculative shot from the distance that seemed more hopeful than anything, and it found its way past a flapping CFC keeper to give SUFC a 1-0 lead. CFC started to get into the game once they were a goal behind but struggled to test the keeper. Their threat from long throws seemed ominous in terms of being able to get a result form the game.

Meanwhile, CFC seemed poor at the back, allowing the SUFC down the wings and only thwarting attacks with last ditch challenges.

The second half saw CFC defend much better, they found themselves pushing SUFC back at times 
but the backline stood strong for the home side.

On one occasion, the keeper Jayanth had to intervene with a potentially match saving effort as Krishna Pandit got onto the end of a cross and directed the ball towards goal.
The goal that came for CFC in the 92nd minute came as a corner was floated into the box and after pinging around the box, it landed at Krishna’s feet and despite some pressure on him, he found the back of the net with a great driven strike.

Having waited till the 92nd minute to pull off a rescue act, the Chennaiyin FC Reserves side denied SUFC their first win of the season.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Roots FS wins against Sporthood in Hero Sub-Junior League opener

Roots Football School started their season with a 6-1 win in their first home match against SportHood in the Hero Sub-Junior League at the Padukone-Dravid Center of Sports Excellence.

Gavin Rasquinha scored the first goal for Roots FS off a free kick in the fourth minute. Leo Saiju equalized within few minutes later. Samrudh Sharan tapped in a cross from Riki to restore the lead for Roots. Gavin went on to complete a hat trick in the first half, and added another to his tally in the second half. Agasthyaa Thakur scored in the dying moments to make it six for Roots.