CHIRAG UNITED SC
Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kolhapur
29th April, 4:00 PM IST
ONGC FC: Bilifang, Kamal, Robin, Gour, Tapan, Jatin, Naresh, Bhola, Katsumi, Opara, Babatunde,
Chirag United: Abhijit, Sukhen, Chika, Arnab, Narugopal, Lalkamal, Nascimento, Jerry, Tulunga, Elija Junior, Chhetri
1′: Here we go. The game kicks off at Sahu Maharaj Ground, Kohlapur.
5′: Chirag with the first attack of the game. Nice looing delivery towards Junior by Lalkamal, cleared away. ONGC then makes a counter attacking move; Bhola running through the right wing sends in a lovely ball towards Babatunde inside the box, but Abhijit comes out and collects. Confident handling by the veteran goalie.
10′: It has been a breezy start – attacking-counter attacking football. ONGC created 2 more chances, but to no avail. Arnab Mondal is having a solid game at the heart of Chirag defense.
15′: Chika Wali gets in to the referee’s book for a foul on Katsumi Yusa at the edge of the box. Free kick for ONGC. Jatin Bisht’s free kick is cleared by Arnab. No goals yet.
20′: What a save by Bilifang Narzary! Little one-two between Junior and Chhetri and the latter fires a left footer from close range which is acrobatically saved by the young goalie. Class written all over it!
25′: Brilliantly tackled by Sukhen Dey. Yusa was through on goal, but a well timed tackle averts the possible danger. Moments later, Babtunde fails to trap a ball from a flag kick and wastes an open net. Close shave for Chirag.
30′: No goals yet in the match. Chirag got a freekick. Lalkamal’s delivery towards Naru. Ordinary left footed attempt. Wide off the mark.
40′: Penalty for Chirag. Foul on Junior inside the box. Looks too soft.
42′: GOOOAAALLLLLL! Sunil Chhetri converts from the spot.
HT’: Time for the lemon break. Chirag United is leading by a goal to nil.
46′: ONGC rolls the ball forward to mark the beginning of 2nd half.
50′: Chhetriiii! A right footed pile driver from the box, misses the target by a whisker. Still 0-1. ONGC started the second half brightly and they are looking desperate for the equalizer.
55′: GOOOAAAAALLLLL! As I said earlier, it was coming. ONGC makes yet another come from behind fight back. N.D. Oapa gets on the scoring chart. It’s 1-1 at Sahu Maharaj ground and the match is on.
60′: The tempo of the game has suddenly dipped a bit. Around 30 minutes to go. Let’s find out who is going to win this Subrata Duel – “affaire d’honneur” – Junior or the Senior Subrata?
70′: Seems like both the teams are settling for a point here. The pace has dropped; urgency has vanished and the players are looking tired.
75′: GOOOAAALLLLL! Chirag United takes the lead again. Sunil Chhetri is the scorer.
85′: Chirag is maintaining their one goal advantage. 5 minutes plus injury time remaining to be played here.
90′: GOOOOAAAALLLLL! Late drama! ONGC equalize. ND Opara converts from the spot.
FT’: ONGC FC 2-2 CHIRAG UNITED. Sunil Chhteri is the man of the match.
PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
29th April, 4:15 PM IST
1′: Crucial game for both the sides! To keep their title ambitions afloat, Salgaocar have to win the game; while Mumbai FC would look to garner all three points and finish the season in Top-5. The game gets underway at PJN Stadium, Margao.
10′: No goals yet in the game. Salgaocar dominating the possession and attack.
20′: Yakubu misses a great chance from one on one position. Lovely forward ball by Sueoka. Salgaocar looking hungry for goals here.
23′: GOOOAAALLLL! Would you believe it! Mumbai FC stuns the Fatorda crowd and takes the lead. Keegan Perreira is the scorer.
30′: Half-an-hour passed by and the visiting side is leading by a goal here against the table toppers.
35′: GOOOAAAALLLLL! Mumbai FC are on a rampage here! Doubles the lead taking full advantage of Salgaocar’s high defense line. Noel Wilson gets his name on the scoring chart.
40′: What a match it is turning out to be. Salgaocar is seeing a lot of balls, but they are unable to make something creative out of that. Mumbai FC defended well and did the most vital thing – got 2 opportunities and burried both of them in to the back of the net. It’s evident that Khalid Jamil did a lot of home-work on the league leaders.
HT’: It’s half time at the Fatorda and the crowd would feel terribly let down by the home team. The visiting team, Mumbai FC is leading by 2-0.
46′: Second half starts.
55′: Mumbai FC are defending deep in the second half. Salgaocar pressurizing them hard, but no success for Karim’s men just yet.
65′: Francis with a lovely through ball for Sueoka; but the Japanese recruit fires it wide. Nothing seems to be working for Salgaocar at the moment.
68′: GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL! Salgaocar pulls one back. It’s 1-2 and the match is far from getting over! Close to 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
70′: 15 minutes to go. Can the Goan Greens make a spirited come back from here on?
73′: GOOOOAAAALLLLLL! Mumbai FC restores their 2 goal cushion! Nicolus Rodrigues is the scorer for the Maharastra side.
80′: 10 minutes to go and Salgaocar are looking not only down, but out too! It has been a forgettable outing for Karim Bencharifa’s men.
90′: Looks like it’s all over for Salgaoacr. They have given up on the chase. 3 minutes of added time.
90+1′: GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! It’s not over yet. Salgaocar pulls another one back. Wild celebration among the home faithful. Coming on as a late substitute, Milagres keeps his side in the chase with a sublime finish.
FT’: Salgaocar 2-3 Mumbai FC. Massive result for the visiting Mumbai FC side; while for Salgaocar this defeat would probably cost them their second I-League title.
Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Gurgaon
30th April, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
15′: Indian Arrows 0-0 Viva Kerala
20′: GOAAAAAAAL!!! Viva Kerala go 1-0 up , a deserved lead on the balance of play.
Chimaokwu was the man who made the difference there, 23′ minutes gone and Viva are ahead here at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Gurgaon.
28′: Arrows look for an opening but nothing materializes, Kerala still lead 1-0. If Viva can manage to hold on to the 1 goal lead, they will leap frog their opponents in the league table.
HT Indian Arrows 0-1 Viva Kerala
48′: Second half commences, Viva still lead 1-0.
85′: Viva still leads the Indian Arrows by a goal to nil, with five minutes plus added time remaining.
FT: Viva have won here in Gurgoan. The match ends Indian Arrows 0-1 Viva Kerala.
MOHUN BAGAN AC
1st May 2011 – 5:00 PM IST
Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Surkumar, Anwar, Masih, Mohonraj, Jayanta, Manish, Snehasish, Gouranga, Muritala, Chidi.
Air India: Souvik, Dhanachandra, Nepoleon, Bijoy, Santosh, Amritpal, Sukhbinder, Allan, Ibrahim, Manjit, Praise.
1′: Kick-off. Bagan sets the ball rolling from left to right of the YBK press box.
5′: Air India with the first shot towards goal as Manjit Singh tries to test Shilton Pal, wide off the mark; then Bagan launches a counter that saw Snehashish’s left footer hit the post and went out.
10′: Manish Mathani with a long range effort from 30 yards out. Flies over the woodwork.
15′: Souvik does well to punch out a free kick taken by Snehashish. Moments later Jayanta Sen’s right footer goes over the cross-piece. Bagan looking for an early opening here.
20′: Air India with a rare venture at the Bagan defense. Ibrahim tries to find Praise with a long ball, but the ball goes out. Bagan then launches forward and gets back to back corners. Cleared away.
25′: Bagan dominating the possession and attack but are not being able to find that perfect ball in the final third. Rakesh Masih’s free kick went wide off the target. More frustration for Subhash Bhowmick.
30′: Waves of attack continues from Bagan. Air India are finding it tough to get the ball out of their own half. No goals yet.
35′: Praise and Manjit combines well to break through the Bagan defense only to see the latter’s shot breeze past over the bar by a couple of inches. Pace of the game is dipping a bit.
40′: Yusif Ibrahim with a right footed pile driver; deflected off a Bagan defender for a corner. Nothing comes out of it. Air India are attacking now.
45′: Persistent attack by Mohun Bagan. Air India defense is just about holding them off. 2 minutes of injury time added.
HT’: Mohun Bagan 0-0 Air India.
46′: Second half gets underway. Let’s find out whether the Bagan strikers finally came out wearing the scoring boots or not. Air India on the attack.
50′: Free kick for Bagan. Dhanachandra brings down Chidi on the edge of the box. Chidi steps up and fires it straight at the wall. Poor effort!
55′: Dhanachandra with a delightful cross from the right, but Praise could could have done better. Goes out wide.
60′: Half-an-hour to go. Bagan’s misery continues. Yellow card to Surkumar who brings down Allan Dias from behind.
65′: GOOOOAAAALLLLL! MOHUN BAGAN. Finally! Muritala Ali makes no mistake to put Bagan ahead with a cool finish from a delightful square pass by Edeh Chidi.
70′: Both the coaches make one change each. For Bagan Souvik ON; Mathani OFF. For Airmen Velho ON, Manjit OFF.
75′: 2 more changes by Air India. Darren Calderia ON Sukhbinder Singh OFF. Ibrahim makes way for Collin Abrahanches.
80′: Bagan is still leading by one goal to nil. 10 minutes to go for the final whistle.
80′: GOAAAALLLLLLLLL! Muritala scores for Bagan. 2-0 to the home side and it seals the points for the club from Kolkata!
FT: Mohun Bagan 2-0 Air India. Three points to Bagan.
Guru Nanak Dev Stadium, Ludhiana
1st May, 2011 – 6:00 PM IST
JCT FC: Naveen, Amarwant, Omolaja, Rahul, Lalchhaunmawia, Amandeep, Maninder, Balwant, Ibrahim, Gurtez, Ajay,
Pune FC: Subrata, Selwyn, Venkatesh, Arata, Subhash Gurjinder, Sunil, Prasad, Tamba, Lester, Keita
1′: Here we go. The match gets underway at Ludhiana. Crucial game for JCT as they look to garner all three points to stay clear of the drop zone.
10′: No goals yet. Pace of the game is on the slower side.
20′: Pune is attacking more and more; while JCT is playing on the break – waiting for the right opportunity to hurt their opponent on the counter.
30′: Half-an-hour goes by and the deadlock is yet to be broken.
37′: GOOOOAAAALLLLL! JCT takes the lead.
40′: Ajay Singh scored the goal to put JCT in the lead. Can Pune FC respond before half-time?
HT’: JCT 1-0 PFC. Mondjou Keita missed an one-on-one with the goalie Naveen in 1st half added time.
54′: Pune FC are still looking for a equaliser!
64′: Little less than half an hour to go for JCT to hang on to their lead. This could be a crucial win.
66′: GOOOOOALLLLLLLL!! JCT double their lead through Sakatar Singh, who came on as a second-half sub.
69′: GOOAAAAAALLLLLL!! Keita scores for Pune and pulls one back for the visitors!
FT: JCT 2-1 Pune FC. Three crucial points for the men from Punjab!