Municipal Stadium, Kannur
2nd April, 2011 – 4:30 PM IST
Pre-match: Hello and welcome to TheHardTackle’s LIVE coverage of I-League round-20. In today’s only match of the round Viva Kerala takes on JCT FC at Kannur Municipal Stadium.
1′: Here we go; the match gets underway with Viva taking the ball forward from left of the player’s dug-out to the right.
10′: The game is proceeding in snail’s pace. No urgency from any of the teams what so ever. Players are looking a bit rusty too after the break. Viva got a corner early on, cleared away to safety by the Omoloja Kareem.
20′: GOOOAAALLL! Viva Kerala scores. Sajesh P is the scorer. Anil Kumar with the assist to his name.
30′: We are in to the half-an-hour mark and the score-line remains 1-0 in favor of the home team. Viva got a great chance to double their lead, but JCT custodian Pawan Kumar made a brilliant stop to deny C.S. Sabeeth.
40′: JCT players are showing much more attacking intent now. Badru K Ibrahim unleashed a screamer from around 25 yards out; wide off the target. Uneven turf at this Jawahar municipal ground is not helping JCT’s cause either.
HT’: Here goes the half time whistle. Time for lemon break. The home team is leading by a goal scored by Sajesh P in the 19th minute of the match.
48′: GOOOAAALLLL! Viva Kerala doubles the lead. It’s 2-0 now. Karma T gets in to the scoring chart.
55′: Viva Kerala are leading by two goals to nil. Sukhwinder makes a substitution and a tactical switch. JCT gets going with an extra men upfront. JCT playing in 4-3-3 formation now. Desperately looking for goals here.
60′: An hour of play is over and Viva Kerala is looking solid with two goal’s lead. JCT is finding it tough to crack the Bello Rasaq-led Viva defense line.
67′: GOOOAAALLLL! JCT pulls one back. It’s 2-1 with just over 20 minutes remaining on the clock. Ajay Singh is the scorer for the Ludhiana based club.
75′: Still 2-1 in favor of the home team, Viva Kerala. After the tactical switch by Sukhwinder Singh to change the formation to 4-3-3 from 4-4-2, JCT has been enjoying a decent spell of ball possession. Viva needs to defend well in the remaining 15 minutes if they want to get hold of all three points here.
82′: GOOOAAALLLL! A quick counter attack and Viva up by three goals to one. Anil Kumar, their top scorer this season, is the scorer. It’s Viva 3-1 JCT at the moment.
90′: Assistant referee signals 4 minutes of injury time. Viva leading 3-1.
90+4′: GOOOAAALLLL! Anil Kumar scores his second goal of the day.
FT’: Viva Kerala 3-1 JCT FC.
Sree Kantheerva Stadium, Bangalore
3rd April, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
Indian Arrows: Jaargup, Visal, Raju, Deepak, Lalrozama, Lalrindika, Jibon, Jewel, Shilton, Jeje, Manandeep.
HAL SC: Promod, Kenneth, Jai Kumar, Goutam, Murli J, Metei, James, Vijoy Kumar, Prakash, Hamza.
1′: An exciting contest on the cards here. Battle for the 9th position. Indian Arrows will be a confident lot especially after their tremendous display in Indian National colors in Olympics Qualifying and AFC Challenge Cup qualifying campaign. HAL SC, who have struggled to get going in the second part of the league would look to bounce back and finish their league campaign on a high. And with the referee’s whistle, the match gets underway at Sree Kantheerva Stadium, Bangalore.
10′: A breezy start here at Bangalore. Quick exchange of passes between Indian Arrows midfielder and a good forward ball in the attacking third, but HAL clears with ease and launches a counter attack on the Arrows defense to earn a corner.
20′: Still goal-less at Bangalore.
30′: Half-an-hour goes by but the dead-lock is yet to be broken. One decent chance each for both the teams in first 30 minutes of play. Indian Arrows have a slightly better ball possession, but a lot of sloppy passes saw them losing the ball from promising positions quite a few times – the poor condition of the field here in Bangalore is not helping them either.
35′: RC Praksh’s ballooned his long range effort from Murali J’s pass. Score-line remains goal-less. Indian Arrows march forward for another quick counter.
40′: GOOOAAALLLL! The visiting team breaks the dead-lock. Arrows take the lead. And you know what – it’s the golden boy of Indian football once again – Jeje Lalpekhlua continue his amazing goal scoring form.
HT’: Time for the breather in Bangalore. Des Bulpin would be happy with his team’s effort in the first half. Indian Arrows are leading by one goal to nil against the home team HAL SC.
50′: GOOOAAALLLL! Jewel Raja Sheikh makes it 2-0 fir Indian Arrows.
60′: We are in to the hour mark and the score-line reads 2-0 in favor of the visiting Indian Arrows.
66′: GOOOAAALLLL! Shilton D’Silva this time. The Indian Arrows’ players are toying with HAL defense at the moment.
70′: Only 20 minutes to go for the final whistle? Can HAL stage a come-back here? Back to back substitutions by the HAL coach Thyagyaraj. Looks like a chnage of formation as well. The conventional 4-4-2 now changes to 3-4-3. We might see a few more goals here.
80′: Indian Arrows completely dominated the proceeding in the second half and they are looking for more goals here. HAL players are struggling to keep up with the pace of the young Arrows lad and are looking out of sorts here.
85′: GOOOAAALLLL. Arrows score their 4th goal of the match. Substitute Malswamfela gets his name on the score book with a neat finish.
FT: HAL SC 0-4 Indian Arrows. Man of the match: Jeje Lalpekhlua (Indian Arrows)
Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kohlapur
3rd April 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
1′: Battle for the 5th place between impressive Mumbai FC and eternal giants Mohun Bagan. Both the teams would like to grab the momentum after the extended break by gaining no less than all three points in their kitty.
5′: Mumbai FC in attacking mood right from the word go. Abhishek does well to go past Biswajit and fires a low grounder – wide off the target.
10′: Bagan responds positively and created their first chance of the game from the middle of the park. Jayanta Sen provides a through ball for Chidi, which the striker shoots with his very first touch. Straight to Mumbai FC goalie.
15′: Sukore tried a shot from the edge of the box. Sangram gathers with ease. Bagan on the run for a counter on the left wing. Satish crosses towards MFC box, little bit too long. Goes out for a goal-kick.
20′: Great save by the veteran ‘keeper Sangram. Sukore provided Henry with an absolute gem inside the 6 yards box, but Sangram came up to Bagan’s rescue. Moments later Chidi was through on goal at the other end of the pitch, but he shoots wide from an 1-on-1 position with the MFC goalie. Close shave for MFC here.
30′: Edeh Chidi missed two great chances to put his team ahead. On both occasion Gouranga Dutta had laid in good crosses from the right wing. Nicolas with a timely block denied Chidi on the first occasion, while the MFC goalie produced a splendid save on the second.
40′: Nicolas finds Abhishek with a looping free-kick inside the Bagan box, but his header goes wide. Another attack by Khalid Jamil’s men saw them earn a corner. Cleared by Kingshuk Debnath.
HT’: It’s half time at Kohlapur. Henry wastes another opportunity from close range a minute prior to the half time whistle. The score-line remains goal-less but Mumbai FC would consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead by the lemon break. Henry Ezeh missed two sitters in the first half. For Mohun Bagan Chidi Edeh should have done better with his effort in the 20th minute.
50′: GOOOAAALLLL! Oh wait… drama. Some confusion there and Mumbai FC players are protesting as the referee cancelled the goal for off-side. The linesman had his flags down and it was the referee’s call to cancel the goal and it was the right decision in the end. Sukore met Henry’s cross with a fabulous header to beat Sangram but he was in an offside position.
60′: Still goal-less. Bagan makes their first change. Sagaram Mandi goes OFF; Shouvik Ghosh comes IN.
70′: Still 0-0. Two decent attacks by Bagan meanwhile – Ashim Biswas was expertly tackled by Evans Quao before Satish was denied by the MFC goalie. Substitution by Khalid Jamil. Kuttimani goes OFF and Ashutosh comes IN.
75′: Sangram Mukherjee! Outstanding reflex save one again to deny Henry Ezeh. Moments later Nicolas’s long range scorcher was deflected to safety by Kingshuk Debnath. MFC is looking for goals here.
85′: Chidi’s shot hit thecross-post and goes out. Lucky escape for MFC.
90′: 3 minutes of added time remaining to be played here.
FT’: Mumbai FC 0-0 Mohun Bagan. Man of the match: Evans Quao (Mumbai FC)
Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata
3rd April 2011 – 6:15 PM IST
Chirag United: Somnath, Chika, Arnab, Narugopal, Sukhen, Lalkamal, Choi, Jerry, Sankar, Sunil, Elija Junior.
Dempo SC: Subhasish, Debabrata, Mahesh, Samir, Dominic, Carvalho, Miranda, Climax, Kalu, Beto, Ranty.
1′: Here we go. Dempo sets the ball rolling to kick off the proceedings at Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata.
5′: Chirag defense under early preesure by Dempo. Climax to Miranda on the wide left, Miranda tries to find Ranty with a little chip over Sukhen, cleared away by Arnab Mondal.
10′: Chirag makes their first attack of the game, Choi and Lalkamal combined well to feed Junior and the lanky striker fires a right-footer which goes off target by six inches or so. Brilliant tackle by Mahesh Gawli to deny Sunil Chhetri a clear sight of goal. Chirag is matching their more illustrious opponents shot for shot.
14′: GOOOAAALLLLLL! Dempo takes the lead through Ranty Martins. It was literally a gift by Somnath Khara, the Chirag United goalie as he could not held on to a harmless cross and let the ball slip inside the goal-line.
20′: Good attack by Sunil- Junior, but Subhashish makes a great save.
25′: Ranty!!! Almost doubled the lead, but this time Somnath was alert and saved Ranty’s shot for a corner.
29′: Chicka brings down Ranty inside the box, Penalty for Dempo.
30′: GOOOAAALLLL! Beto steps up and sends the goalkeeper towards the wrong direction. 2-0 to Dempo.
35′: Dempo are looking dangerous. Another attack by the Goan giants as Beto controls the ball beautifully and laid it for Climax; but the Indian international shoots way over the woodwork.
38′: GOOOAAALLLL! Chirag Pulls one back through Shankar Oraon. A cool left footed finish by the young player to beat Subhashish in his near post.
40′: Chirag are looikng determined to set the score level before the lemon break. Another attack by Sunil-Junior. Mahesh deals well with it.
45′: 2 minutes of injury time added. Only 2 mins? It should have much more. We had three goals in the first half and a few time wasting moments as well.
45+1′: GOOOAAALLLL! Dempo scores their third of the game. Peter Carvalho is the scorer.
HT’: Dempo is leading by three goals to one at the lemon break.
46′: Chirag starts the proceedings in second half. They have to up their game a couple of notches if they are to secure even a single point from this fixture.
50′: Well done, Somnath; the goalie makes a good save to deny Ranty.
55′: Choi gets booed for a clumsy tackle on Samir Naik.
60′: In to the hour mark and the scorecard reads Chirag 1-3 Dempo. Dempo dominating the possession and attack.
65′: The game has lost pace in the second half. Plyers are looking tired and disinterested. Chirag has al-ready given up? Can’t be true because they are mentored by a never-say-die Subrata Bhattacharya. Dempo should not lose the grip here, otherwise they might have to pay for it.
70′: GOOOAAALLLL! Just as I told you, never write them off! Chirag pulls another one back. It’s 2-3 now. Game on! Sunil Chhetri scored from the spot after Debrata fouled Junior inside the area.
75′: GOOAAALLLL! It was a wake up call for Dempo and the responds in style. Ranty scored his second goal.
78′: Substitution by Chirag. Chika OFF; Justine ON.
84′: Change by Dempo. Valeirano comes IN; Samir goes OFF. Chirag missed a golden opportunity to score another goal from just six yards out.
86′: Player changes by both the teams. For Chirag Asif comes on in place of Shankar Oraon; Climax makes way Joaquim for the Goan giants.
90′: Ranty missed a sitter. That was a sure hat-trick for the Nigerian by he fails to connect. 3 minutes of added time here.
FT’: Chirag United 2-4 Dempo SC. Man of the match – Ranty Martins (Dempo SC)
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
3rd April, 2011 – 7:00 PM IST
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PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
4th April 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
1′: Churchill Brothers have never finished lower than second in I-League. This time again they are challenging for the title. Odafa has finally reached full fitness and the team is raring to go after winning IFA Shield last week. ONGC’s season is all but over as they look towards the prospect of relegation.
15′: Churchill Brothers has completely dominated possession so far but havent managed to score a goal.
22′: GOOOAAALLL !!! As expected Churchill Brothers take the lead !!!
35′: Scoreline is still 1-0 as the Goan team is looking to increase the lead.
HT: Churchill Brothers 1-0 ONGC :: Churchill leads through a goal from Boima Karpeh.
50′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Churchill double their lead.
58′: GOOOAAALLL !!! ONGC pull one goal back. Can they stage an unlikely comeback ??
62′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Would you believe it ? The bottom placed team makes it 2-2 !!!
82′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Churchill Borthers score a late goal. Surely this is enough to snatch a win ?
87′: GOOOAAALLL !!! ONGC claw their way back AGAIN. This is incredible !!!
FT: Churchill Brothers 3-3 ONGC :: An epic match comes to end in Goa. ONGC staged an unbelievable fight back as Churchill lose ground on table toppers Salgaocar.
Sahu Mahraj Stadium, Kohlapur
4th April, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
1′: David v Goliath battle in Kolhapur today as East Bengal take on Air India. East Bengal will be looking to reignite their title challenge while Air India are looking towards relegation. East Bengal have all their foreign recruits fit for this game but Robin Singh has missed out.
4′: Early chance for East Bengal as Tolgey gets a good sight of the goal, but he was offside
7′: East Bengal attacking in waves Penn and Tolgey combine well but the Australian’s shot is cleared by AI goalkeeper.
9′: Air India musters its first attack but Okpara has no problem in dealing with it.
12′: Tolgey finds Baljit on the edge of AI box but the latter is deemed offside. East Bengal is playing with good rhythm.
15′: Match is goalless but East Bengal looks more and more likely to score a goal.
19′: Mehtab wastes a free-kick from a good position. Corner for EB.
20′: Nothing come off the corner, easily cleared by Eric.
23′: Vasum !!!Clear chance missed by Vasum there, Naoba set him up wonderfully but he fails to take a powerful shot.
25′: Mehtab takes a long ranger but Eric deals with it in the end. Score is still 0-0.
28′: Yellow card for Sushant Matthews.
32′: Substitution Change for EB Ravinder replaces Sushant.
34′: Pace of the match has dropped noticeably.
36′: Mehtab !!! Possibly the best chance of first half as the ball falls kindly to Mehtab after scuffle in the penalty box. His shots goes agonizingly wide.
40′: Deadlock is still unbroken as East Bengal tries hard to score a goal.
HT: East Bengal 0-0 Air India :: After a strong start East Bengal has gradually fizzed out in first half. A rugged Air India defence led by Dhanchandra has managed to frustrate the Fed Cup winners so far.
46′: Second half kicks off.
47′: Good effort from Penn – misses the goal by a whisker.
50′: Vasum !!! Another easy chance missed by him ! Tolgey placed a perfect cross for him but he failed to reach it.
52′: Substitution. Change for AI. Rahul out, Praise in.
57′: Good save !!! Nirmal Chhetri’s header kept out by Souvik.
60′: Goal line clearance !!! Santosh Kohli denies Ravinder, AI ‘keeper was stranded but Santosh saves the day.
64′: Goal line clearance !!! This time Eric denies Tolgey, Air India is leading a charmed life here.
68′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Tolgey finally breaks Air India’s resolve.
72′: Third goal line clearance !!! Eric once again denies Baljit from making it 2-0.
74′: Substitution. Change for AI. Colin replaces Sukhbinder.
78′: Baljit !!! Misses a golden chance to make it 2-0. He was unmarked in the box but somehow failed to score.
82′: Good save from Souvik. AI ‘keeper makes another good save to deny Ravinder. Ravinder has made a positive impact after coming on.
84′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Its the Australian again. Surely this is game, set and match…
89′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Tolgey gets a well deserved hattrick.
FT: Air India 0-3 East Bengal :: The Red & Golds get three very, very important points. The man of the moment is Tolgey Ozbey who scored a breath taking hattrick in second half.