Monday, March 8, 2021

Dying minutes winner keep title hopes alive for FC Bengaluru United

Bengaluru FC & FC Bengaluru United Media 

FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) kept their title hope alive by winning a must-win game against the favorites Bengaluru FC. In the dying minutes it was Ronaldo, who calmly tapped the ball to the back of the net and snatched a thrilling 3-2 win 

Few dubious decisions that went against Bengaluru FC marred the proceedings after the game and Bengaluru’s Harpreet was shown a red card. 

FCBU broke the deadlock in the 34th minute courtesy Asraf’s smart corner. Trinidad and Tobago international Robert Primus jumped highest from a corner and headed home at the far post to put his side 1-0 up. 

The Blue Colts were back on level terms just 13 minutes into the second half. Shivasakthi found space between the FCBU’s central defenders, got to Kalamesh’s through ball and placed his shot to the ‘keeper’s left to make it 1-1. 

It took less than five minutes for FCBU to retake the lead. From a corner, English forward Daniel Carr managed to put the ball into the far corner to put them 2-1 up.

The Blue Colts were denied a chance to restore parity when the referee refused to acknowledge Robin Gurung‘s handball in the box. However, BFC dug deep, kept attacking the FCBU goal and were rewarded deep into stoppage time. Unmarked at the edge of a box from a corner, Damaitphang got his header into the top corner with the ‘keeper well beaten. 

Despite getting the equaliser late in the game, FCBU converted the final chance of the game to lead 3-2 with virtually the last kick of the day and leapfrog the Blue Colts to the top of the table, taking the title race to the final round of the league. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Shivasakthi comes in clutch as Bengaluru FC boys down MEG

Bengaluru FC Media 

An injury time strike from top-scorer Shivasakthi gave Bengaluru FC a 1-0 win over MEG & Centre, at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, on Thursday. The result sees the Blue Colts leapfrog FC Bengaluru United to go top of the BDFA Super Division League table with two games left to play in the competition.

In what was an evenly contested first half, both teams fought hard to assert themselves on the game throughout the opening half hour. Chances were at a premium, and it was the Blue Colts who went close to getting the opening goal on three separate occasions through Shivasakthi.

First, the no. 9 managed to wriggle past multiple challenges and beat MEG custodian Pramod Joshi with a low shot, only to see the ball bounce off the far post. Moments later, Damaitphang Lyngdoh won the ball in the middle and picked out Sivasakthi’s run into the box but the striker’s shot sailed inches wide of the far post. The Blue Colts striker saw a third chance go begging when his attempt to divert goalward from Jagdeep’s low cross went wide of the mark.

The second half saw MEG start on the front foot, and the Blue Colts defended in numbers to keep the game goalless. ’Keeper Sharon Sivan pulled off two fantastic saves, first tipping Shubham Rana’s shot over the bar and then getting his hand to Imnaakum’s effort from close range.

Pushing forward with intent, Bengaluru found their goal deep into injury time when Shivasakthi got to the end of Omega Vanlalruaituanga’s ball over the MEG backline. Having beaten defender Nitin with his first touch, the 19-year-old rounded Joshi, who had made his way out of the box, and then kept his composure to finish low past stranded MEG defenders to give the Blue Colts the win with what was the final attack of the day.

Bengaluru FC are back in action on March 8 when they take on FC Bengaluru United. A win on Monday will hand Bhoite’s side the title with an unassailable lead atop the standings.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Kickstart FC beat FC Bengaluru United

FC Bengaluru United Media 

The ongoing BDFA Super Division league got more exciting after table topper FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) went down to Kickstart FC 1-2 this evening. This was FCBU’s first defeat in tenth game, they still lead the points table having played a game more than the second placed Bengaluru FC. Kickstart return to winning ways after their loss to MEG in the previous game, they too join the title fray. 

FC Bengaluru United came out all guns blazing and were up 1-0 in the very first minute of the game. Arun’s dribble and following cross inside the box deflected off by Kickstart FC’s Satishkumr to give FCBU into an early lead. 

Kickstart FC, who have enjoyed a good run in the tournament thus far, were not be daunted. They too were soon on the attack, testing the FC Bengaluru United defense and scored the equalizer in the 19th minute – a through ball that cleared the FC Bengaluru United defense was neatly tapped in by Sudheer. 

FC Bengaluru United continued to attack, made two early substitutions, but it was Kickstart FC again who nudged ahead in the 40th minute by a defensive lapse, which Kickstart capitalized upon to grab the lead. 

FC Bengaluru United came out strong in the second half, determined to push ahead, but it was not to be. While they created several opportunities, taking advantage of a fluid Kickstart FC defense, they were unable to put in the finishing touch. Malem, Vignesh, Arun, Chaitan, Ronaldo all worked hard to create opportunities but were unable to see them through. They pressed hard, even in extra time but conversion eluded them. 

All eyes will now be on the FC Bengaluru United vs Bengaluru FC game on Monday, 8th March, whose result will play a key role in determining who will emerge at the top of the league. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

FC Bengaluru United rout Young Challengers

FC Bengaluru United Media

FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) contained any sort of challenge from Young Challengers as they routed them 6-0 in their ninth game of the BDFA Super Division campaign. FCBU attacked with finesse in a performance that serves fair warning to their upcoming opposition.

They have been quick off the blocks in all their previous games and it was no different this time around with chances being created from the third minute of the game. Ronaldo capitalised on a deflected cross from Anup to set up a shot for Naro, who firmly headed it into the bottom-right corner of the goal. 
Naro and Ronaldo were in the thick of things, creating chances, and attacking the goal. The duo combined to push FC Bengaluru United 2-0 in the 25th minute.  

FCBU created chances at will and their defence led by Robert Primus never allowed the Young Challengers a look-in. They continued to dominate the same way in the second half. They were up 4-0 by the 60th minute, courtesy goals from Kiran and Anup while substitutes Ronald and Monotosh combined to push them 5-0 up soon after. 

Young Challengers, though upped the ante on the attack, but the FCBU defence held firm, and finally, Naro struck in the 89th minute to seal a commanding 6-0 win. 


Bengaluru FC ease past ASC 3-0, keep title charge going

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC kept their charge towards a third successive BDFA Super Division title going with a 3-0 defeat of ASC & Centre FC, at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, on Friday. Goals from Thoi Singh and Shivasakthi (2) gave Sandesh Bhoite’s team all three points, allowing them to remain in contention to defend their title. 

The Blue Colts were on top of the game from the beginning and the side’s top scorer Shivasakthi was in the thick of things when he found Akashdeep Singh with a ball over the ASC defence but the winger saw his shot blocked away. Despite creating a host of chances in the first period, both defences stood firm to end an entertaining first half goalless.

Ten minutes after the restart, the Blue Colts broke the deadlock through Thoi Singh. The no. 10 made his way to Shivasakthi’s through ball from the left flank, took a touch before finishing past ASC custodian Premchand Singh.

Only four minutes later, the Blue Colts doubled their lead when Akashdeep’s low cross from the right was tapped in by Shivasakthi from close range. Akashdeep almost turned provider again, when his pass for Kamalesh found the midfielder in space but the shot fizzed just wide of the post.

Eight minutes from time, Shivasakthi got his second of the day when he capitalized on a defensive error from ASC skipper Robinson Singh, lifted it over the last man and finished low into the corner to seal the points for the Blue Colts.

Bengaluru FC are back in action on March 4 when they take on MEG.