CHIRAG UNITED SC
Sree Kantheerava Stadium, Bangalore
13th March, 2011 – 3:30 PM IST
1′: The match kicks off at Sree Kanteerva Stadium Bangalore. HAL is currently positioned at 9th spot, while Chirag two above them – at 7th. Both the teams would like to clinch all three points from this fixture and move up the order with just 8 more matches remaining to go in the season.
10′: The Bangalore turf is causing a bit of problem for both the sides. It’s rough and bumpy. Players are finding it difficult to control the uneven bounce. Chirag got a free kick from 25 yards out, but Lalkamal’s curling delivery got deflected off a HAL player.
20′: No goals yet, Chirag got a another good opportunity, Joshimar failed to control the ball inside D, could have been dangerous for HAL.
30′: HAL SC dominating the proceeding now. Murali J is playing the role of a creator for the Bangalore based institutional side. RC Prakash is looking lively upfront. Chirag is playing with a deep defense line – Subrata is keen to take care of his defense before going for the kill. Defense has been their main cause of worry in recent away games.
40′: Junior’s header from a close range hit the woodwork and went out. Then Tulunga laid in a perfect ball for Joshimar on the edge of the box, Rohit was there to mark the Brazilian, Joshimar tried to dodge him and take a shy at the goal – but could not get past. Instead he could have passed the ball to an unmarked Junior who was there on the right edge of the box.
HT’: It’s half time at Bangalore. Chirag created two more chances in last five minutes, but failed to break through HAL defense. HAL wasted a glorious opportunity at the stroke of half time whistle when Hazma’s shot from 15 yards out missed the far post by a couple of inches. No goals yet in the match.
50′: Second half gets underway at Sree Kanteerva. Change for Chirag – Asif ON, Denson OFF. It still remains goalless.
60′: We are in to the hour mark, but the dea-lock is yet to be broken. Pramod made a great save to deny Shankar Oraon. HAL have made one change, Rajendra ON, Ankit OFF.
70′: No goals yet. Chirag United have started to dominate now. Got two back-toback corners. Cleared away by HAL SC defense. Murali J fired a good low shot on target, but Somnath makes a decent stop.
73′: GOOOAAALLLL! Chirag United breaks the dead-lock. It’s their Brazilian striker Joshimar who scores the all important goal.
80′: Chirag makes another change. Shankar Oraon OUT; Subhash ON.
90′: R.C. Prakash missed a golden opportunity. He shoots from inside the D, but could not beat Somnath Khada in Chirag’s goal. Somnath had another great game today in the absence of regular ‘keeper Abhijit Mondal.
91′: Penalty for HAL SC and R.C. Prakash makes no mistake to send Somnath the wrong way. It’s 1-1 at Bangalore.
FT: HAL SC 1-1 Chirag United. The clubs share the honors here. Chirag took the lead through Joshimar in the 73rd minute, but HAL brought things back on level in the 91st minute when RC Prakash converted a spot-kick. HAL SC defender Rohit Chand is the man of the match.
Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kohlapur
13th March, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
1′: Referee blows the whistle and Indian Arrows gets the ball rolling. Arrows will be confident coming in to the game after their spirited display against Myanmar in Olympic qualifying game. Relegation fear is looming large on Air India and they would look to get some points from this game to move out of the drop zone – at-least for the time being.
5′: GOOOAAALLLL! Air India takes the lead. Great head start for the Airmen. Okorogor Praise gets another goal to his name. This time from a direct free kick from 25 yards out.
10′: GOOOAAALLLL! Fabulous response by the Indian juniors. Des Bulpin’s boys brought things back to level within five minutes of conceeding. Manandeep Singh is the scorer. Lalrindika took a corner kick and Manandeep heads home. It’s 1-1 at Kohlapur now.
15′: GOOOAAALLLL! Indian Arrows take the lead. Brilliant come back by the young guns. Jeje is the scorer. Jibon Singh provided a very good assist.
16′: GOOOAAALLLL! And another one. Arrows leading by 3-1. Jeje with another one here. All the three Arrows goals have been scored by headers. It has been a sensational quarter of an hour so far. 4 goals already.
20′: It remains 1-3 – the home team Air India is trailing even after drawing the first blood here at Kohlapur.
30′: Half-an-hour passed by and the score-line remains 1-3.
40′: Five minutes to go before the half time whistle. Indian Arrows are dominating the game now. Lalrindika and Jeje combined well to create another goal scoring opportunity, but Jeje’s shot blocked by Air India goalkeeper Souvik.
HT’: Half time at Kohlapur. The home team Air India is trailing by 1-3 against Indian Arrows outfit.
46′: The second half gets going at Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kohlapur.
50′: Chance for Air India to pull one back. Allan Dias to Manjit Singh, Manjit shoots, but Gurpreet was alert and makes a diving stop and grips the ball in his second attempt.
60′: In to the hour mark. No goals in the second half, score-line remains 1-0. Indian Arrows seem to have settled for the current score-line and the players are happy to nudge the ball around – sqare passes and back passes in plenty. The pace of the game has dropped considerably.
70′: Air India is attacking with lot more intent now. Testing times for Arrows defense.
78′: GOOOAAAALLLL! Arrows score their fourth of the day. Fabulous counter attack by Bulpin’s boys to catch the Air India defense off guard. Jeje once again, completes a sensational hat-trick. It’s 4-1 with a little over 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
82′: GOOOAAALLLL! Fifth goal for Arrows. They have completely outplayed Air India in all the departments. Fabulous Jeje on fire – celebrates his senior national call-up with four individual goals. Fabulous.
94′: GOOOAAALLLL! Air India gets another consolation goal and with this the referee blows the final whistle. Okorogor Praise scores from the spot.
FT: Air India 2-5 Indian Arrows. A goal scoring affair at Kohlapur. Another subdued performance by the Airmen; on the other hand Indian Arrows were ruthless in attack. Even after conceding a goal inside first 5 minutes, they did not lose heart and pumped in four more goals after drawing level. Jeje Lalpekhlua scored four goals – the first ever hattrick by an Indian Arrows player and the man of the match for this game is Raju Gaekwad. Well done Arrows – at-last they have hit the bull’s eye.
Jawahar Municipal Stadium, Kannur
13th March 2011 – 4:30 PM IST
1′: An important match for both the teams. Viva Kerala clawed their way back from the relegation zone with an impressive win over HAL SC at Bangalore in their last game. They would look to continue with the momentum in this match also. Churchill, 4 points adrift of table toppers Salgaocar, would look to clinch three points from this tie and keep up the pressure on the leaders. The match gets underway at Jawaharlal Sports Complex, Kannur.
10′: No goals yet in the match.
20′: Churchill Brothers are dominating the proceedings here, but unable to break the dead-lock just yet.
30′: It’s still goal-less. Viva is doing tremendously well to hold off the star-studded Churchill line-up.
40′: Chance for Viva Kerala to go ahead against the run of play. Faulty clearance by Churchill defense gifted the ball to Felix. But the striker hits it straight at the goalie. Poor execution.
HT’: Goal-less first half at Kannur!
55′: The pathetic condition of the turf at Kannur is not helping Churchill to play their crisp passing game, but that does not take anything away from the resolute defending exhibited by Viva today.
65′: 25 minutes remaining on the clock. The scorecard remains goal-less.
75′: Churchill players are looking frustrated. However they have scored quite a few late goals this season, and Viva should be alert not to give them any opportunity to sneak one past their defense in the dying moments of the match.
80′: GOOOAAALLLL! Just like they always do, Churchill gets a late goal once again. Heartbreak for the thousands of Viva Kerala fans who are constantly cheering for the home team. Boima Karpeh gets on the score-sheet for the Goan giants.
FT: Viva Kerala 0-1 Churchill Brothers. With the help of a late goal by Boima Karpeh, Churchill clinches all three points from this trip to Kerala. Viva faught spiritedly, but in the end it was not enough to accumulate them even a single point.
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
13th March, 2010 – 7:00 PM IST
Welcome to the Balewadi Sports Complex for the match between Pune FC and ONGC FC. TheHardTackle correspondent Karan Malhotra will provide LIVE commentary updates straight from Pune’s Balewadi Sports Complex. Here’s the team news:
PUNE FC: Subrata Paul, Tabia, Selwyn, Venkatesh, Edmar, Keita, Gurjinder, Asim, Paresh, Tamba, Lester
ONGC FC: Thapa, Odafe, Maity, Bhola, Bist, Opara, Gurung, Bose, Patel, Naresh, Narzary
1′: Here we go. Pune FC kicks off the match at Balewadi.
5′: Both teams have started on a very attacking note with PCC trying to roll the ball around and ONGC playing on the counter.
6′: Tamba of PFC is shown Yellow card for a mistimed tackle near the half line.
8′: Keita and Venky link up inside the ONGC box to provide Aseem with a juicy lob which is headed just over the cross bar.
12′: Gurung of ONGC fouls Lester at the edge of his box. No foul says the referee and waves play on.
18′: ONGC puts in a dangerous free kick in the PFC box. Keita with the headed clearance. The ball lays off for a shot by Bhola Prasad which is well over the bar.
20′: PFC on the counter. Tabia takes a low grounded shot, just off target.
25′: Tabia crosses the ball some 50 yards over to the other flank towards Keita who gave Edmar the chance of heading it in. The ball was parried away around the post by the keeper.
28′: Venky provides a beautiful through ball to Aseem who goes for glory and hits the cross bar. What an effort by the PFC midfielder. PFC are piling the pressure on ONGC looking for the opening goal now. ONGC seems to e defending their hearts out for keeping the score-line level.
31′: Owing to a fumble in the middle, Opara gets a free run towards the goal. Subrata makes a daring challenge outside his box and comes out winning the ball.
32′: Venky crosses the ball across the ONGC box towards Paresh who places it for Edmar. A weak shot on goal is parried away by the keeper.
36′: ONGC midfielder and former India international Jatin Singh Bist takes a long free kick at the goal which goes over and wide. Goal Kick.
40′: ONGC Substitution – Bose OUT, D’Souza IN.
42′: A long Goal kick by Subrata goes straight to Edmar’s feet who passes it to Venky. The ball travels to Paresh who is free inside the box, but is blocked by the defense.
43′: Gurjinder crosses the ball to Venky who is slightly offside. Free Kick to ONGC.
45′: Added time signalled – 2 minutes
46′: Paresh shows some individual skills to cross the ball across the box but ends up going directly to a defender.
HT: PUNE FC 0-0 ONGC FC.
46′: The second half starts with both teams looking to dominate the game and put the ball in the back of the net.
52′: A challenge on Dharmesh leaves him on the deck. The physio runs in to assess the situation and ONGC get ready for making their second substitution.
55′: ONGC Substituion: Dharmesh OUT, Puia IN.
55′: Edmar takes a long free kick directed at goal. The keeper makes a good diving save and parries the ball for a corner.
58′: Jatin Singh Bist is released by a long through ball. He takes a good look at the goal but shoots just wide. The score-line remains goal-less.
65′: RED CARD! N.D. Opara makes a good run at goal. Subrata runs out of his box and makes a diving tackle on Opara. The referee has no doubts – Red Card to Subrata!
66′: Substitution by PFC: Tabia OUT, Balaji IN.
78′: Lester is fouled by an ONGC defender and needs some help from the physio. In the meantime PFC get ready for another change.
80′: PFC Substitution: Paresh OUT, Sunil IN.
84′: Edmar wins a long ball right at the edge of the ONGC box. But the defense is strong and the ball is cleared.
85′: Lester makes a searing run on the left flank. He crosses the ball but it’s too close to the goal keeper. Play continues. Both teams are pushing as hard as they can to find the winner now. But both defenses seem absolutely impenetrable tonight.
89′: Tamba tries to latch onto a very high pass from the back. It’s a 50-50 challenge and Tamba knocks down Narzary. No harm done. Free kick to ONGC.
90+1′: Keita makes a rather heavy challenge on Gurung who hits the floor and is carried off to be treated. Yellow Card to Keita!
90+4′: GOOOAAALLLL! Pune FC gets the break through. Keita latches onto a free ball inside the box and shoots a screamer intothe far end of the goal. The keeper had no chance to get to the low and fast ball. PFC 1-0 ONGC
90+5′: ONGC Substitution : Gour IN, Bist OUT.
FT: Pune FC 1-0 ONGC FC. Another late drama in Balewadi saw Pune FC clinch invaluable three points. The referee’s whistle brings the game to a conclusion. A hard fought battle between PUNE FC and the visitors ONGC, ending with a brilliant screaming goal from PFC striker Keita in the dying minutes of the game. Pune take away the three points but have the suspension of Subrata at hand now.