Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Gurgaon
2nd March, 2011 – 2:30 PM IST
Final Result: Indian Arrows 1 — 2 Churchill Brothers
Scorers: Jeje – 90′ Odafa – 10′, Vincent- 88′
Man Of the Match: Gourmangi Singh (Churchill Brothers)
PJN Stadium, Margaon, Goa
4th March, 2011 – 3:45 PM IST
1′ : Match kicks off. HAL has enjoyed a decent run of form in recent matches but will they be able to stop the Salgaocar juggernaut? Next 90 minutes will give an answer to that.
10′: Both the teams are trying to ascertain their authority on the midfield battle. No goals yet in the match.
20′: It remains goal-less after the first 20 minutes. HAL have been solid defensively soaking up all the pressure put by the star-studded Salgaocar forward line.
30′: Half-an-hour gone by and the dead-lock is yet to be broken.
HT’: It’s a goal-less first half at the Fatorda. HAL SC deserve credit for their gritty display away from home against the table toppers. Karim tried all the tricks in his bag to help Salgaocar take the lead before the lemon break, but the his dazzling forward-line failed to break the stubborn HAL defense in first 45 minutes.
55′: HAL is doing tremendously well devensively. Even though they are enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Salgacar are finding it impossible to get the break through.
61′: GOOOAAALLLL! At last HAL SC’s resistance is broken. Salgaocar takes the lead and it’s the veteran Ghanaian, Yusif Yakubu, who comes to his side’s rescue onceagain.
69′: GOOOAAALLL! Seems like the flood-gate has opened up. Salgaocar scores another one. It’s 2-0 to the home team here at the Fatorda, Goa. Young Gilvert Oliviera gets his name on the scoring chart yet again. Francis Fernandes came up with the assist.
75′: The score-board reads: Salgaocar 2-0 HAL SC – with 15 minutes remaining on the clock.
85′: Even though there is more attacking intensity from HAL players after the second goal, time is running out for the Bangalore boys. Only 5 minutes to go for the full time whistle.
90′: GOOOAAALLLL! Ekene Ikenwa scores the third goal for the home side. Assisted by Tomba Singh. Salgaocar 3-0 HAL SC with only the injury time remaining to be played.
FT: Here goes the final whistle. Salgaocar came up with a clinical performance to clinch all three points and strengthen their top of the table position. HAL remains at the 8th position for the time being. Man of the match – Gilbert Oliviera (Salgaocar).
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
4th Feb, 2010 – 7:00 PM IST
Pune FC: Subrata, Tabia, Selwyn, Venkatesh, Arata, Figueira, Subhash, Gurjinder, Asim, Shiwalkar, Tamba
Air India: Nepolean Singh, Dhyan Singh, Bijoy Basfore, Manjit Singh, Yusuf Tijani, Vijith Shetty, Santosh Koli, Ororogor Praise, Eric Bolwe, Sukhwinder Singh, Souvik Mondal.
1′: Here we go. The match gets underway at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune.
5′: Game completely dominated by Pune. Edmar and Shubhash are playing upfront supported by Arata and Asim Hasan. Decent crowd, approximately 1500. Couple of half chances for Pune so far!
15′: The game has moved to mid field now with both teams cancelling each other. Selwyn handled the ball and Air India got a free kick outside D. Manjit Singh unleashes a powerful low shot along the ground. Subrata dived but could not get a hand to it; the ball misses the post by a whisker. That was close!
20′: Great delivery from the right flank by Arata Izumi. The Japanese midfielder curled the ball from the edge of box inches over the post, however Air India keeper Souvik Mondal had it covered though.
25′: Gurjinder has moved up for PFC. Good 1-2 between him and Pares Shiwalkar, who puts in a decent cross from left, cleared by the Airmen. Air India playing 4-5-1 with O.Praise as the lone striker.
28′: GOOOAAALLLL! Air India takes the lead against the run of play. Okorogor Praise gets his fifth goal of the season.
30′: Suddenly the game has changed. It’s Air India who have started to dominate now. They gets a corner, Pune FC clears the ball somehow.
35′: PFC looking desperate to equalize now. Subrata can be heard shouting to his team-mates to “Push Up”. PFC gets a corner, but Air India defense clears the flag kick right into the stands and the ball is caught by one of the security guards much to the amusement of the crowd.
40′: Tabia to Asim Hasan, who in turn passes the ball to Edmar. Nice one touch football by Edmar as he sends the ball to Shiwalkar who crosses it in for Shubhash; but defended well by Eric Bolwe. Good build up. More of this needed for Pune FC at the moment.
45′: Air India trying to slow things down here as Yusuf Tijani does down at the slightest of touches. Huge booos from the Balewadi crowd.
HT’: Time for the half time breather at the Balewadi Sports Complex. The home team, Pune FC is trailing by a goal here.
50′: No substitutions by either team, though Darren Caldeira is warming up for Air India. Pune FC begins the 2nd half just like the first. The home team is completely dominating the possession, but the big question on everyone’s mind is, when are they going to score? The anxiety levels at the Balewadi are rising.
55′: O. Praise gets past Selwyn and Tamba, and was one on one with Subrata. He beats him but the shot goes just wide. That was a great chance for AI to go 2 -0 up.
60′: Substitution for PFC: J.Prasad IN, Subhash Out. AI is playing on the counter.
65’: Air India makes their first change. IN Caldeira; OUT Manjit Singh. Edmar shot parried away by Air India keeper; Arata charges to get hold of the rebound, but keeper Mondal clears. Exciting contest here and the drum beats are on again!
75′: Derrick Perriera can be seen standing up on the technical area. Air India has put up a wall in front of D. Pune moving the ball around from right to left and then again from left to right, but can’t find a way through. Meanwhile wonderful cross from right by Venkatesh. The ball loops over a couple of AI defenders and reaches an unmarked Edmar in front of goal. He should have scored from that position, but the header is off target much to the agony of the Balewadi crowd.
77′: GOOOAAALLLL! for PFC. Asim Hasan to Edmar, and he finishes it this time!
81′: GOOOAAALLLL! Another one for the home team much to the delight of the Balewadi crowd. Pune FC is leading by 2-1.Edmar sends in a clever back-heal into the D. Arata shoots, but his effort gets rebounded off the post. Luckily the ball comes to Arata once again and this time he makes no mistake to put his side ahead. Huge cheer and Arata runs across the pitch in celebration; joined by the coach and Subrata and the rest of the team members.
85’: Another substitution by Air India. IN Abranches; OUT Tijani.
90′: Edmar and Arata oozing in confidence now. PFC is displaying a beautiful brand of football here. Third and the last sub for Air India. IN Alan Dias; OUT Sukhwinder. Santosh Koli with a decent header, goes over. Close shave for PFC.
90’+2′: Okorogor Praise almost scored the equalizer in the dying moment of the match. Saved but the outstretched leg of Subrata Paul. Brilliant reflex save by the Indian no1.
FT’: Here goes the final whistle. Huge cheer from the crowd. Pune FC staged a brilliant come-back from a goal down to clinch all three points. Final score – Pune FC 2-1 Air India. Man of the match – Edmar (PFC).
Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata
5th March, 2010 – 1:45 PM IST
Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Surkumar, Deepak, Sagram, Dhanrajan, Masih, Satish, Isfaq(c), Snehasish, Muritala. Ashim.
Viva Kerala: Sarath, Sherin, Charles, Bello(c), Chinta, Karma T, Farooq, N.P.Pradeep, Jumshad U, Anil, Felix.
2′: Early pressure from Viva who earned a corner on 2nd minute. Pradeep’s corner goes out without any danger.
5′: Felix is causing problems to Bagan defence.
7′: Still goal-less Mohun Bagan is missing 5-6 first team players today, that is affecting Bagan’s play.
9′: Karma tries to get past Masih but is caught offside.
12′: Poor free kick from Snehashis, ball goes out for a corner.
14′: Mohun Bagan’s setpiece delivery has been poor recently, Ishfaq wastes a corner.
15′: Pradeep’s tame freekick goes out without testing Shilton.
17′: The away team has enjoyed a lion’s share of possession in first 15 minutes.
19′: First proper attack from Bagan, Snehashis tries to find Muritala with a cross but Razzaq makes a timely clearance.
20′: Pace of the match is slowly picking up.
21′: Karma and Anil Kumar are combining well. They are playing little one-twos and easily getting near Mohun Bagan penalty box.
23′: Snehashis launches a cross to Muritala who fails to trap the ball properly.
24′: Bagan frontline looks completely out of ideas without Barreto’s presence.
25′: Masih clashed with Razzaq and needs treatment.
27′: Free-kick for the Green and Maroons just outside penalty box. Horrible effort from Snehashis, misses goal by a fair distance.
29′: Sarath !!! Great save from Viva ‘keeper to deny Satish Kumar’s shot. Good interplay between Ashim and Muritala to set up Satish.
31′: Another aimless shot from Pradeep which doesnt test Shilton.
31′: Half and hour gone. Both teams have played very ordinary football which reflects their table positions.
35′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Muritala puts the home team in front !! The Nigerian finally breaks his scoring duck !!! Credit to Surkumar for providing a delightful assist. Mohun Bagan 1-0 Viva Kerala.
38′: Mohun Bagan is looking more confident after scoring the goal. They have began to dominate ball possession.
42′: Shilton safely catches a corner from Felix. Razzaq pushes Shilton so referee gives a free-kick to Mohun Bagan.
44′: Goal line clearance !!! It easily could have been 2-0 to Mohun Bagan but a Viva defender just manages to clear off from the goal line. Good effort from Ishfaq.
HT: Mohun Bagan 1-0 Viva Kerala :: Viva players must be thankful for the half time whistle as they were coming under a lot of pressure in last 10 minutes. Subhash Bhowmik will be happier of the two coaches as his team has gradually taken control of this match. An exciting 2nd half awaits us.
47′: Defensive sub for Bagan as Anwar replaces Ishfaq.
52′: Both teams waste free-kicks from good positions.
55′: Snehashis makes another run through the wings but his final ball was poor.
58′: Satish !!!Snehashis’ inch perfect cross finds an unmarked Satish but latter’s shot misses the goal by a whisker.
62′: Dhanrajan blocks Anil’s goal bound header.
66′: Anil Kumar !!! Viva’s top scorer comes close to an equaliser, his shot goes just over the cross piece.
75′: Barreto replaces Ashim.
80′: Great save by Sharath from an one-on-one situation. Muritala misses another golden opportunity.
85′: GOOOAAALLLL! Barreto scores for Mohun Bagan. This was the Brazilian maestro’s 222nd goal in India. Gouranga provided the assist.
88′: Substitution for Viva. Pradeep OFF; Vineeth ON.
90′: Regulation time ends. Refree adds two minutes of stoppage time.
91′: GOOOAAALLLL! A late drama here? Sabeeth pulls one back for the visiting team in the dying minutes. It’s Bagan 2-1 Viva now.
FT: Much to the delight of the home crowd, referee blows the final whistle. Bagan clinches all three points with a 2-1 win. Muritala Ali has been awarded the official man of the match award.
Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kohlapur
5th March, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
ONGC FC: Rajat, Robin, Odafe, Kamal, Salil, Tapan, Sandip, Jatin, Yusa, Naresh, Babatunde.
Dempo SC: Subhasish, Debabrata, Noronha, Mahesh, Samir, Carvalho, Climax, Kalu, Clifford, Beto, Ranty(c)
1′: Defending Champions Dempo takes on relegation battlers ONGC FC in this David-vs-Goliath clash at Sahu Maharaj Ground, Kohlapur. ONGC players need to fight tooth and nails if they want to get anything out of this tie.
10′: Dempo SC dominating completely, the home team is on back-foot right from the word go.
15′: Some gritty defending by Peter Odafe led ONGC defense ensured that the score-line remains goal-less after the first quarter of an hour’s play.
25′: ONGC players deserve credit for keeping the dazzling Dempo forward line at bay in the first 25 minutes. Now they are growing in confidence and venturing out in to Dempo’s fort also.
30′: In to the half-an-hour mark, the dead-lock is yet to be broken. Dempo players are looking increasingly frustrated. Climax Lawrence and Ogba Kalu both have been guilty of squandering possession to easily in the midfield.
40′: Great chance for Ranty Martins. Beto sets the Nigerian up with a measured through ball right inside the D. Ranty shoots towards the far corner along the ground, but Rajat makes a desperate dive to divert the ball out wide for a corner. Nothing comes out of the flag-kick.
HT’: Here goes the half time whistle. ONGC coach will be a pleased man by the gritty performance exhibited by his boys. However don’t be surprised if you come to know that his counterpart, Armando Colaco, actually ordered for a few hair-dryers during the lemon break. Join us after the break for the live actions from the second half proceedings. We will be back in about 15 minutes. Stay tuned.
55′: Armando Colaco looks like a worried man in the dugout. ONGC players are closing in quickly, hardly giving Dempo midfield any time on the ball to maneuver something. Meanwhile Babtunde, with his pace and lovely off the ball movements, is giving Mahesh Gawli led Dempo defense a few scary moments to deal with.
60′: Over an hour now. No goals yet.
70′: Armando makes a substitutions. Brings in Joaquim Abrahanches in place of Clifford Miranda. No success yet. Only 20 minutes remaining on the clock. It has been a frustrating day at office for the Goan giants so far.
75′: Only 15 minutes remaining for the final whistle. Can Dempo score at-least once? Or will it be another crucial point for ONGC in their battle against relegation?
80′: Babatunde! That was travelling at the speed of knots! Misses the target by a whisker. Close shave for Dempo in the end.
85′: Time is running out for Dempo. Peter Odafe is standing like a rock of Gibraltor in ONGC defense. Rajat Ghosh Dastider has been in supreme touch too. In the first half he denied Ranty with an excellent diving stop and now once again to deny Beto.
86′: GOOOAAALLLL! Dempo scores in the end, Cruel blow for the Mumbai based institutional side ONGC FC. Ranty Martins to the rescue of his team once again.
FT: Here goes the final whistle. Dempo comes up with all three points. ONGC would feel hard done; they showed a lot of courage to restrict the star-studded Dempo squad at bay for close to 85 minutes. But at last the difference of class shows up and Ranty gets one past Rajat 5 minutes before the final whistle. A well deserved three points nonetheless. With this win, their 9th of the season, the defending Champions collect 31 points and consolidate their 4th position in the stndings. ONGC remains in the drop zone with just 11 points from 17 matches played so far.
Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata
6th March, 2011 – 1:45 PM IST
East Bengal: Sandip, Naoba, Nirmal, Sunil, Nabi, Vasum, Mehraj, Ravineder, Alexandra, Baljeet, Robin
Mumbai FC: Ishant, Nicholas, Quao, Keegan, Dane, Prem, Henry, Kuttimani, Sukore, Malswamkima, Abhisek
1′: A must win situation for both the sides. East Bengal, who were unbeaten in the fisrt half of the season, are yet to win a match in the second part; where as Mumbai FC, after their surprise loss against HAL SC in last round, will look to bounce back from this match. A mouth watering clash and here we go, the match kicks-off at the Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata.
2′: Morgan has named a second string line-up, leaving out Tolgay, Mehtab, Opara and Penn due to suspension while Sushanth and Khabra are out injured. Tolgay is also nursing a muscle pull. Meanwhile, East Bengal makes the first attack of the match, and gets a corner. Lovely run by Ravinder down the left flank..
3′: In Mehtab’s absence, Ravinder takes the flag kick, Robin shoots straight to MFC goalie Ishaan. Mumbai sets up for a counter attack.
4′: Sukore gets a chance to shoot, but shoots it wide. Meanwhile Nabi gets the ball and sets off for a marauding run down the left flank.
5′: Great cross by Nabi, but no East Bengal striker in the box to pick that up.
7′: Great run by Naoba on the right. Dodges past two players and sets up Vasum with a delightul through ball. Vasum shoots wide. Entertaining match on progress here.
9′: Baljit is fouled just outside the box and East Bengal earns a free kick. The Red-&-Golds are dominating now. Brilliant shot by Vasum. Ishaan makes a wonderful save. Corner.
10′: Great ball in by Robin for Alexandro, but he makes a mess of it and Mumbai FC sets off for a counter.
11′: GOOOAAALLLL! Mumbai FC scores against the run of play. It’s Henry Ezeh for Khalid Jamil’s team.
16′: East Bengal earns another corner. Cleared by MFC defense. Nirmal shoots on the rebound, goes wide.
18′: Foul on Alexandro. Referee waves play on. Dane Pereira clears the ball, but it’s straight to Naoba, who failed to keep the ball on play. Throw in for MFC.
19′: Mehraj to Ravinder. Ravinder crosses, but Ishaan comes out and collects.
20′: Robin Singh lying injured on the ground. Physio in.
23′: Robin is up on his feet, Mehraj to Nirmal, Niram shoots wide. Disappointment for the home fans.
25′: Vasum provides a delightul pass towards unmarked Alexandro. But the Brazilian misses a free header from just 8 yards out. Poor effort, even by school standards.
26′: GOOOAAALLLL! Mumbai FC doubles the lead. Once again against the run of play and this time it’s the man himself – Ebi Sukore. MFC leading by 2-0. Sloppy defending by East Bengal and Henry provided a measured pass to an unmarked Sukore who finishes off with ease.
28′: Morgan had enough of Alexandro. The Brazilian goes off. Sanju Pradhan replaces him and immediately makes a positive impact with a perfect pass to Robin. Robin’s shot deflects off a defender and East Bengal earns another corner.
29′: Another corner for East Bengal, but in the end Mumbai FC clears safely.
30′: In to the half-an-hour mark and East Bengal is trailing by 0-2 even the Red-&-Golds are dominating the ball possession and attack.
31′: Now Vasum has switched flanks with Sanju. Vasum is operating from left with Sanju on right now. Robin is the lone striker, Baljit is playing slightly behind him.
32′: Confident goalkeeping by the MFC keeper as he comes out and collects a teasing cross from Sanju. Looks like Ishaan has injured himself in the process.
35′: East Bengal keeps up the pressure and after a few passes in between Nabi and Vasum, Nabi sends a good cross in the box, but referee awards a foul against Robin Singh.
37′: Sunil Kumar fouls Henry Ezeh and gets in to the referee’s book. Free kick by Sukore, Abhishek heads, cleared by East Bengal defense.
38′: Great long ball by Nirmal towards Nabi, he has only the goalie to beat; but shoots wide. East Bengal finishing woes continue.
40′: Corner for MFC. Cleared by East Bengal defense. Mumbai FC is leading by 2-0.
41′: Great chance for East Bengal to pull one back. Naoba is fouled at the edge of the MFC box and East Bengal gets a free kick at a dangerous position.
43′: Ravinder takes the free kick but disappointing hits it against the wall. Corner for East Bengal, but MFC defense clears the danger.
44′: What a miss by Robin Singh! One-on-one with Ishaan, but the goalie comes out and makes a superb save. That was a golden opportunity wasted by Robin.
45′: Offside decision against Robin Singh. East Bengal is missing a genuine poacher in the box. Also all their attacks are originating from the wings, no creativity from the middle of the pitch at all. Mehraj, who has been drafted in to replace the suspended Mehtab Hussain, is having a horror show.
45+2′: Two corners for East Bengal; cleared by MFC defense.
HT’: It’s half time at Kolkata and MFC is leading by 2 goals. East Bengal has dominated the proceedings but failed to find the target; whereas MFC created only 2 opportunities in the first 45 minutes and they converted both of these in to goals.
50′: No goals yet in the second half. East Bengal got a couple of chances, but as usual wasted.
53′: Sukore shoots! Misses by a whisker.
55′: 8th corner for East Bengal. Cleared by MFC.
58′: Robin Singh brilliantly sets up Baljit with a clever back-header. Baljit shoots, but straight to Ishaan.
60′: Morgan makes another change. Nirmal Chhetri goes OFF. Gurwinder Singh IN.
61′: Nice one-two between Nabi and Robin. Cleared by MFC for a corner. Meanwhile Morgan makes his last change. Biswarup comes IN; Mehraj goes OFF.
63′: Naoba with a screamer from the corner of Ravinder. Saved for another corner. This time Robin shoots high over the wood-work.
65′: Relentless attack by the Red-&-Golds, another corner. Sanju shoots, misses by a whisker. Strikers’ off form continue for East Bengal. Morgan must have been missing Tolgay big time.
67′: Great tackle by Evans Quao on Robin. Ball goes to Sanju, who tries another long ranger. Far off the mark.
68′: Sanju to Robin; Robin shoots. Ball flies over the cross-piece.
70′: Handball by Ravinder. Mumbai FC gets a free-kick in the midfield region.
72′: Sukore provides a great through ball to Henry, but the latter’s shot is off the mark.
73′: Extravagant back volley attempted by Baljit from Nabi’s cross. Hardly makes any contact. Time is running out quickly for East Bengal.
75′: Long ranger attempted by Vasum, deflected off to Sanju, who passes the ball to Nabi inside the D. But Nabi’s poor first touch lets him down. Ball cleared.
78′: It’s all East Bengal at the moment. But they can’t find that elusive goal. From another Ravinder Singh corner, Vasum shoots wide and over.
80′: Only 10 minutes remaining on the clock now. Can East Bengal stage another fight back just like they did on the other night against Thailand’s Chonburi FC in the AFC Cup?
82′: Abhishek Yadav makes way for Noel Wilson. Henry fails to properly control a ball from Noel and East Bengal gets a goal-kick.
85′: It seems all over for East Bengal. Looks like the players have given up. Lethargic display by Nabi as he loses the possession too easily.
87′: Another corner for East Bengal. Robin heads, collected by Ishaan. Ishaan had a great game today.
89′: Nicolus surges forward and shoots towards the far post. Saved by Sandip Nandy.
90′: East Bengal gets another corner. Their 12th of the match. But the same old story, MFC clears.
90+1′: Sanju’s attempted cross for Robin Singh intercepted by Evans. Four minutes of stoppage time added.
90+2′: Henry’s left footer goes over the wood-work.
90+3′: GOOOAAALLLL! East Bengal scores. Biswarup Dey is the scorer, but it’s too late now.
FT: Here goes the final whistle. Mumbai FC clinches all three points and East Bengal fails to close the gap on Salgaocar. The 1-2 score-line is a bit flattering for the Mumbai side as it was East Bengal who did all the forward surges, but the absence of Mehtab, Okpara and Tolgay hit them hard. MFC got only 2 real chances, and they converted both. Ebi Sukore is the man of the match today.
Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana
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