In the first half, Gokulam Kerala FC were the more attacking and even looked the side more in control of the game even though possession was split equally. The initial enterprise was shown by the Indian Arrows. In the 8th minute, the self-driven and pacy Aniket Jadhav first cut in from the left to play the ball to Abhishek Halder near the top of the box, but his feeble left footer lacked direction. A minute later, he again broke through from the left beating Provat Lakra for pace but could not get the critical pass in.
Then almost against the run of play, Kerala’s Ghanian centre-back, Daniel Addo jumped high above everyone, off a Rohit Mirza corner from the left flank in the 11th minute, to drill a header into the Arrows net. The Arrows defence could certainly have been more alert and proactive in marking Addo. The Arrows were clearly rattled and frustrated by the goal as Aniket Jadhav earned the game’s first yellow card in the 30th minute for his incessant aggression.
In the 35th minute, Gokulam’s Syrian recruit Khaled Alsaleh put Rohit Mirza, who had a fantastic game incidentally, through on the right. His attempt to break in was thwarted illegally by Anwar Ali, just outside the box. Khaled fired in a left-footer, but it rebounded off the goalline milee.
Then in the 37th minute, Abhishek Halder lost the ball inside his own half and Usman Ashik broke free into the Arrows box from the left. His diagonal left-footer beat Dheeraj but rolled past the far post. Just at the stroke of the lemon-break, Gokulam got another chance when a lovely through ball from Usman found Rohit clear in the box with just the goalkeeper to beat. But Dheeraj, rushed out to clear just in time.
The Arrows began the second half with a lot more intent. Three corners and a couple of set pieces in advantageous positions being the result. In the 58th minute, from one of those free-kicks from about 30-yards away, Sanjeev Stalin curled a vicious right-footer which beat the Gokulam keeper Bilal all ends up but struck the upright, in what turned out to be the Arrows best chance of the game.
Stalin’s overenthusiasm post the free-kick though cost his team a second goal. He picked up a needless yellow card on the right flank with a reckless tackle on Santu Singh. From the resultant free-kick, Alsaleh curled a looping left-footer, which beat everyone including Dheeraj in goal, to double Gokulam’s lead in the 64th minute.
As Arrows, stung by the reverse, tried their best to come back into the game, Usman was replaced by Syed Shoaib Ahmed in the 75th minute by Gokulam coach Bino George to ensure more muscle in the defensive midfield.
The Arrows coach Matos, made his last throw of the dice with a double substitution in the 86th and 87th minute. Abhijit Sarkar came in for Jadhav and Boris Thanjam was replaced by K. Meetei. But in spite of the fact that most of the play was happening in the Gokulam half, the spirited Arrows side could not find a consolation goal. Daniel Addo was adjudged the Hero of the Match for his overall robust performance in defence as well as for scoring the first goal to break the deadlock.
Midfield spearhead Jaekson Singh made a comeback into the starting eleven and so did Aniket Jadhav, the striker who struck twice in the Arrows opening game win against Chennai City FC. Gokulam started with Usman Ashik, who had given a good account of himself coming on as a substitute for the Kerala side’s previous outing. Also starting for them was Rohit Mirza. Gokulam captain and leader Sushant Mathew was missed in this game due to injury.
This was Gokulam Kerala FC’s second away match while it was the first time that the Indian Arrows played in Delhi in the 11th Hero I-League, which was touted as their home base before the start of the league. Gokulam move from ninth to the seventh position on the points table with this win while the Arrows move down a position to ninth place.
19.12.2017: CHURCHILL BROS 0-2 CHENNAI CITY(FT..).
CCFC: Jean Michael Joachim 45+1', Murilo 52'.
MOM : Jean Michael Joachim - CHENNAI CITY
CRB: James Khitan, Nongkhlaw, Suraj, Nicholas, Ogba Kalu, Alber, Eric, Monday, Peter, Israil, Uttam.
CCFC: Uros, Dharmaraj, Veniamin, Edwin, Pradeep, Murilo, Alexander, Sebastian, Sinivasan, Jean-Michel, Soosairaj.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Churchill Brothers suffered their fifth straight defeat of the ongoing Hero I-League season as they went down 2-0 against Chennai City FC in their I-League match at the Tilak Maidan Vasco on Tuesday.
Goals from Jean Michael Joachim (45’+1′) and Murilo Ribeiro Almeida (52′) helped Chennai City FC register their first win of the season and outplay the Red Machines in their first home match.
Chennai City deservingly broke the deadlock in additional time of first half when striker Joachim shrugged off Israil Gurung down the left channel and slide the ball past an onrushing Kithan from a tight angle. The striker took his tally to four goals for the season as the visitors went into half-time leading 1-0.
Kithan could only look on as Chennai City led 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Joachim had another chance when he had a free-header thanks to an inch-perfect cross from Romario but the striker could not put his head to it.
Churchill Brothers suffered another setback when they were down to 10-men when youngster Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw picked up a second yellow card after a clumsy foul on Murilo in the 66th minute when there was no real danger when the duo came together near the sideline.
18.12.2017: MINERVA PUNJAB FC 1-0 INDIAN ARROWS (FT.)
MPFC : Chencho Gyeltshen 80'.
MOM : Dheeraj Singh - GK: INDIAN ARROWS
MPFC : Sukhdev Singh, Chencho Gyeltshen, Bali Gagandeep, Girik Khosla, Kassim Aidara, Kamalpreet Singh, Guy Eric Dano, Abhishek Ambekar, Rakshit Dagar, William Opoku, Amandeep Singh
INA : Dheeraj Singh, Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Sanjeev Stalin, Suresh Singh, Amarjit Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Rahim Ali, Rahul Kannooly, Abhishek Halder, Deepak Tangri
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Minerva Punjab continued their winning run in I-League after sneaking past Indian Arrows with a 1-0 victory. The match, which looked like a certain draw at one stage saw the Bhutan international Chencho take the match away in the dying moments from the valiant Indian Arrows with a brilliant solo effort.
Home side Minerva Punjab made two changes from their game against Chennai City FC with Souvik Das and Lago Bei making way for Amandeep Singh and centre back Sukhdev Singh. Indian Arrows made two changes in their squad from the last game as Aniket Jadhav who scored 2 goals in the opening game against Chennai City and central midfielder Abhijit Sarkar made way for attacking minded Rahim Ali and newcomer Abhishek Halder respectively.
Minerva Punjab completely outplayed Indian Arrows in the first half of play. Captain Kassim Aidara had an early opportunity in the 3rd minute to get his name on the scoresheet but his effort from 4 yards went wide off the target. On the 15th minute mark, William’s powerful volley was somehow blocked by Indian Arrows defence line and almost looked like the action replay of his previous goal against Indian Arrows in Goa. Dano tried his luck with a superb volley in front of the goal but again Indian Arrows defender stood firm to block the shot.
The best chance of the first half fell to Dano in the 35th minute when he hit the post from a picture-perfect diving volley. Meanwhile, Arrows Goalkeeper Dheeraj made two superb back to back saves in the 42nd minute to keep his team in the match.
Indian Arrows somehow managed to keep the scoreline 0-0 at halftime. The 2nd half was more even with Indian Arrows players started to get into the rhythm of the game. They had more of the ball but still couldn’t penetrate the strong Minerva Punjab defence.
Indian Arrows had the chance of the match in the 53rd minute when Rahul came running down from the right wing going one on one with Minerva Goalkeeper Rakshit who came out of his line and managed to put the ball out of danger with a heroic clearance.
Minerva Punjab, on the other hand, capitalized their chance in the 80th minute when Chencho scored after sending two defenders wrong way inside their own box and hitting a powerful low drive into the right corner of the net giving no chance to Dheeraj. Minerva Punjab held up the game well since then and gave no chance to Indian Arrows to come back in the game.
18.12 : AIZAWL FC 0-1 SHILLONG LAJONG ( FT.)
SLFC : Redeem Tlang 58'
AFC : Avilash Paul, Lalrinzuala, Masih Saighani, Lalbiak Thanga, Leonce Dodoz, Yugo Kobayashi, Kareem Omolaja, Alfred Jaryan, lalmuan Kima, Lalthathanga, Lalram Hmunmawia
SLFC : Phurba Tempa, Rakesh Pradhan, Khongsit, Daniel Odafin, Cliff Nongbri, Novin Gurung, Aiman Saleh , Redeem Tlang, Juho Oh, Shaiborlang Kharpan, Laurence Doe.
The people of Aizawl City will once again rally towards the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium to cheer their home team as they prepare to face neighbours Shillong Lajong today at 2 pm.
Aizawl’s unbeaten run in the league came to an end as they lost 0-1 to their Northeast counterpart Shillong Lajong in the first Northeast Derby of the season. In a hard-fought encounter in Aizawl, Lajong’s winger Redeem Tlang scored the only goal in the 60 minute of the game.
The win gives Shillong Lajong FC the much needed three points and with this win, they move to the second position in the league table equal on points with leaders Minerva Punjab FC but have played one game more than the league leaders. Kobayashi was alone in the box with no pressure from the Lajong boys but still couldn’t find the back of the net.
After an array of chances in the first 45 minutes, the score stood at 0-0 at the end of the first half.
Both teams started the second half brightly but it was the away team who scored the first goal of the match. Al Hagri’s shot inside the box was blocked by the Aizawl’s boys but the ball fell to Khasi winger Redeem Tlang, who calmly curled the ball towards the far side of the net and scored his second league goal of the season. Tlang again got a chance but the winger’s effort was heroically palmed away by the Aizawl FC goalkeeper.
Menezes introduced Romanian attacker Andrei Ionescu at 67 minutes but the substitution was in vain as Andrei had little effect on the game. H.Lalmuankima penalty appeal was not given by referee Om Prakash Thakur and a few moments later Kobayshi’s shot flew just over the crossbar.
15.12.2017: NEROCA FC 2-1 CHENNAI FC (FT...)
NFC : Kallon Katamba 24, N. Ronald 90+2'
CFC : Jean Miclel Joaquim 64'
NFC : Lalit Thapa, Govin Singh, Ngasepam Tondonba, Varney K Kallon, Jean Francis Fabien, Felix Chidi,, Subash Singh, Gopi Singh, Saran Singh, Pritam Singh, Glen Williams.
CNC : Veniamin Shumeiko, Pradeep Mohanraj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Jean Michael Joachim, Charles Anandraj, Soosai Raj, Pandiyan Sinivasan, Henry Monsang Tesong, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Uros Poljanec, Murilo Ribeiro.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Neroca FC kickstarted their home campaign with a thrilling victory over Chennai City FC in what is to be dubbed as a perfect team effort. Lalit Thapa’s heroics under the woodwork, Varney Kallon’s opener in the 26th minute and Ngangom Ronald Singh’s 90th-minute winner perfectly summed up the Manipuri outfit’s performance today to outsmart Chennai City FC at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Manipur, to add another feather to the Northeastern state’s hat.
Although the visitors pulled one back in the second half, they could not deter the hosts from bagging all three points towards the end when Ronald Singh tapped it home to send the 27 thousand strong crowd into a delirium.
The visitors got a realistic chance to go one step up in the 17th minute when they were awarded a penalty. But, Neroca FC’s goalkeeper Lalit Thapa jumped to his right to thwart Murilo Almeida’s effort.
In the 16th minute when Chennai City FC’s striker Murilo Ribeiro De tried to snatch the ball coming towards the D-box, Neroca FC’s lanky Defender Govind pulled his jersey, having handed a spot-kick to the visitors. But the resultant spot-kick could not garner any result for the Southern outfit.
Neroca FC started to execute mostly from the left flank of the field with Neroca FC’s Striker Subash Singh keeping the Chennai City FC defenders on their toes throughout. In the 24th minute, Neroca FC netted its first goal by Varney Kallon and led his team to a slim 1-0 lead until the half-time.
In the second half, Chennai City FC’s Charles Anandraj was replaced by Mashoor Shereef and made a strong attack on Neroca FC. Chennai City FC changed the gear and started pushing harder for the elusive equaliser with the team captain Soosai Raj who took a major role in the midfield.
Jean Micheal Joachim, the deadly Chennai City FC striker once again found the target for the southern side, having cancelled the host’s lead in the 64th minute. Towards the end when the Chennai City FC dugout started eyeing to a hard-fought draw, super-sub Ronald Singh stole the show completely having scored the winner in the added time.
13.12.2017: AIZAWL FC 1-0 CHURCHILL BROTHERS (FT)
AFC : Yugo Kobayashi, 90'
MOM : Yugo Kobayashi - Aizawl FC
AFC : Avilash, Khiangte, Saighani, Dodoz, Kobayashi, Nurain, Lalrinmuana, Alfred, Kima, Khawlhring, Hmunmawia.
CB : James, Suraj, Nongkhlaw, Eric, Omoduemuke, Joshauh, Yendrembam, Monday, Uttam, Gurung, Nicholas
AFC : Avilash, Khiangte, Saighani, Dodoz, Kobayashi, Nurain, Lalrinmuana, Alfred, Kima, Khawlhring, Hmunmawia.
CB : James, Suraj, Nongkhlaw, Eric, Omoduemuke, Joshauh, Yendrembam, Monday, Uttam, Gurung, Nicholas
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Aizawl FC players and their fans had a perfect outing today as the Reds garnered full three points in their first home match of the ongoing Hero I-League 2017-18 season. Defending champions Aizawl FC got the better of Churchill Brothers FC Goa 1-0, thanks to the late strike by the forward Yugo Kobayashi. Although the Aizawl FC fans had to wait till the 88th minute for the goal, the game provided enough of nervy and heart pumping moments to them.
William Lalnunfela, who scored a brace for Aizawl against East Bengal was the notable absentee against Churchill Brothers. Shylo Malsawmtluanga, the most experienced player in the squad again had to sit out today meaning he will have to wait longer to make his debut for Aizawl FC in I-League.
Churchill coach Shevchenko made three changes to his playing XI that faced Mohun Bagan in their previous match. Suraj and Israil Gurung took the field as Karthik Govindswamy and Emuejeraye Precious failed to retain their place in the starting line-ups.
After the hour-mark, the home side upped the tempo of the game and created several good chances but Yugo Kobayashi could not convert the chances that fell on his path. Just when Churchill thought they deserved a point from the game Kobayashi scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute. Having calmly tucked in Dodoz’s pass calmly, the shrewd forward slotted the solitary goal of the match. Towards the end of the game, six additional minutes fell short for Churchill Brothers who are still left empty-handed after three straight losses in the ongoing season.
11.12.2017: MINERVA PUNJAB 2-1 CHENNAI CITY (FT.)
CNC : Jean Michael Joachim 4'
MPF : William Opoku 48', Kassim Aidara 60'.
MOM : Kassim Aidara - Minerva
MPFC : Arshdeep, Chencho Gyeltshen, Gagandeep, Girik Khosla, Souvik Das, Kassim Aidara, Kamalpreet Singh, Guy Eric Dano, Abhishek Ambekar, Lago Dogbo, William Opoku.
CNC : Veniamin, Pradeep Mohanraj, Edwin Sydney, Jean Michael, Charles Anandraj,Soosai Raj, Pandiyan Sinivasan, Henry Tesong, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Uros Poljanec, Murilo Ribeiro.
Minerva Punjab came from behind to beat Chennai City 2-1 at the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab tonight. Having conceded an early goal in the fourth minute by Joachim of Chennai City FC, Minerva Punjab FC struck twice in the second half as William Asiedu (48′) and skipper Kassim Aidara (59′) found the back of the net to steal all three points.
The first half ended at 0-1 in favour of Chennai City. Minerva, on the other hand, were lacking inspiration of any sort. The rain and cold weather was making things even more difficult.
As soon as the second half began you could sense that Minerva Punjab was up for something. They were rewarded with this change of attitude in the 48th minute when William struck from 10 yards out from the rebound to equalize the game.
11 minutes later Minerva took the lead in 59th minute through Kassim’s diving header. He dived to full length ahead of his marker to head the ball inside the 6-yard box giving no chance to the keeper. Chennai head coach made three quick substitutions in order to turn things around but Minerva Punjab restrained the pressure to come out on top once again.
09.12.2017: Gokulam FC 0-3 Neroca FC (FT.)
NFC: Felix Chidi 24', Pritam SIngh 43', N. Ronald 90+6'.
MOM : Nikhil Bernard-NEROCA.
GKFC: Nikhil, Salah, Provat, Daniel, Irshad, Mathew, Mbele, Alsaleh, Rashid, Jimshad, Golom
NFC: Lalit, Govin, Tondonba, Kiatamba, Fabien, Chidi, Singam, Gopi, Saran, Pritam, Glen
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Two first-half goals from Felix Chidi (23′), Pritam Singh (43′) and a sublime header from Ronald Singh (90’+4′) in the injury time summed up a pristine 3-0 win for Neroca FC to open their account in the ongoing Hero I-League 2017-18 overcoming Gokulam Kerala FC who are now left winless in their first three fixtures in their debut season.
Bino Geroge’s boys almost snatched an early lead within seconds of kick-off but the assistant referee flagged it offside to provide some respite to Gift Raikhan and his boys. Gokulam Kerala FC striker Mbele poked his first goal of the Hero I-League 2017-18 in the 17th second of the match but their joy was cut short by the official.
On a counter attack, Neroca FC found the leak in the Gokulam Kerala FC defence but Mohamed Salah charged at the last moment to keep the scoreline unchanged. After the early drama in either half of the pitch, the pace of the game mellowed down a bit which was brilliantly utilised by the visitors when they took the lead in the 23rd minute.
Tondomba put in a long ball directed to the Nigerian striker who did no mistake going past Pravat Lakra to tap it home eventually to silent the 8000-odd home crowd. Meanwhile, it was the Nigerian striker’s second goal in as many games.
Following the goal, the visitors continued to push the hosts to double the lead but the yellow outfit somehow contained the Manipuri attacks until the 43rd minute when Pritam Singh headed their second goal to Gokulam Kerala FC’s dismay in the presence of the owner Shri Gokulam Gopalan.
Subash Singh outran the defender down the left flank and unleashed a juicy cross inside the 6-yard box which was brilliantly converted by Pritam Singh to leave Mohamed Salah and Provat Lakra completely perplexed. Neroca FC went to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead over the hosts at the half-time.
Bino George rang a couple of changes after the changeover in their pursuit of the elusive goal when Shinu S and Meitie were introduced at the expense of Mohamed Salah and Gulom Urunov respectively. As Shinu S was deployed at the heart of the defence, Provat Lakra pushed himself to the left wing to add more vigour to the attacking third but Neroca FC handled that without much fuss.
Irshad put in a low cross for Mbele in the 63rd minute but Aussie defender Aryn Williams went for a last-minute tackle to maintain the clean sheet. Bino Geroge introduced the fresh pair of legs in terms of Usman Ashik sixteen minutes to the final whistle who threatened the visitors time and again but they couldn’t breach the Neroca FC defence until the final whistle.
Super-sub Ronald Singh who replaced Subash Singh five minutes to the final whistle headed the final nail in Gokulam Kerala FC coffin at the added time to add more woes to Nikhil Barnard who was adjudged the Hero of the Match against Chennai City FC in their last home fixture.
With the win, Neroca FC propel to the fourth position in the table with 3 points from 2 matches whereas the Kerala-based side goes down to the ninth spot with a solitary point from 3 matches. Neroca FC will go back to their backyard to host Chennai City FC in the first-ever Hero I-League match played at the Manipuri soil on December 15, 2017 while Gokulam Kerala FC will face Indian Arrows on December 22, 2017.
05.12.2017 : INDIAN ARROWS 0-2 MINERVA PUNJAB FC (FT)
MPFC : William Opoku 7', 83'
MOM : William Opoku - MINERVA
INA : DHEERAJ, BORIS, JITU, SANJEEV, SURESH, AMRIT, ABHIJIT, EDMUND, ANIKET, RAHUL, TANGRI.
MPFC : DAGAR, SUKHDEV, CHENCHO, RANDEEP, GAIRIK, KASIM, KAMALPREET, ERIC, ABHISHEK, LAGO, WILLIAM.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Minerva Punjab FC kept their unbeaten run intact as they downed high-flying Indian Arrows 2-0 in their I-league encounter at the Bambolim Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. A wonder-goal early in the game (7′) and a late goal (84′) from William Opoku helped Minerva go straight to the top of the table.
Going into the game, Indian Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos made two changes from the last game with Abhijit Sarkar and Deepak Tangri replacing Jeakson Singh and Anwar Ali.
As for Minerva Punjab, Rakshit Dagar replaced injured goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh along with Kamalpreet Singh and William Opoku Asiedu who came in place of Deepak Devrani and Gagandeep Singh respectively.
Before the home side could even settle down, Minerva made their intentions clear thanks to a wonder goal from Ghanaian William Opoku in the 7th minute. The goal originated from a throw-in down the left. A long throw from Sukhdev Singh into the box was met with a weak clearance from Arrows right-back Boris Singh as it fell kindly to Girik Khosla.
With no one closing him down outside the box, Khosla laid it down for William Opoku who unleashed a rocket of a shot from nearly 40 yards out. Arrows keeper Dheeraj Singh could do nothing as the ball drilled into the net past his outstretched right hand.
Meanwhile, the Minerva defence didn’t give the Arrows attackers a sniff at goal but Arrows were slowly growing into the game.
And the first telling goal-scoring opportunity for Arrows saw striker Edmund Lalrindika releasing Abhijit Sarkar with a perfectly weighted ball. Sarkar tried a first-time shot but it lacked power or precision as it bounced slowly into the arms of Rakshit Dagar. It was the only noteworthy chance for the Arrows who were otherwise subdued.
At half-time, William’s wonder-goal separated the two sides. Minerva started the second half in the way they started the first by putting Arrows under pressure.
But Arrows regrouped and they started going forward. And they had an opportunity when Minerva conceded an indirect free-kick when Sukhdev Singh lobbed a ball back to the goalkeeper who collected it with his hands down the left channel close to the touchline.
Stalin slipped a pass into the centre to Sarkar whose steered shot was easily collected by Rakshit in the 69th minute. Edmund was a livewire and created two excellent goal-scoring opportunities. One cross from the left and then from the right missed Rahul and Sarkar respectively.
Minerva Punjab should have been 2-0 up when a misunderstanding between Dheeraj and Deepak saw Opoku pounce on it as he rounded Deepak and tried to shoot into an open goal after Dheeraj couldn’t make his way back to goal.
But to Opoku’s dismay, the ball hit the post before the danger was cleared. But the Arrows could do nothing when Opoku showed his predatory skills when Checho found Opoku in the six-yard box and the Ghanaian scored his second of the night.
Opoku walked away with the Hero of the match award and Minerva with three points. Following the win, Minerva Punjab FC grabbed the pole position once again with 7 points from 3 matches. The Punjab-based side will come back to their home to take on Chennai City FC on December 11 whereas Indian Arrows will make their trip to Punjab for the return leg of today’s game on December 18.
04.12.2017 : GOKULAM FC 1-1 CHENNAI CITY FC (FT.)
GFC : Beton Kamo 22'
CFC : Jean Michael 28'
MOM : Nikhil -GK-GOKULAM FC
GFC : Nikhil, Provat Lakra, Daniel, Sushant Mathew, Kamo Bayi, Mbele, Francis Idriss, Khaled Al-Saleh, Santu Singh, Vickey Meitei, Rohit Mirza.
CFC : Uros Poljanec, Sebastien, Clintu Cletus, Henry Tesong, Pandiyan, Soosai Raj, Alexander Jesuraj, Charles Anandraj, Jean Michael, Edwin Sydney, Veniamin.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Chennai City FC's (CCFC) French striker Joachim's (28′) equaliser dashed Gokulam Kerala FC's hopes to start their Hero I-League home campaign with a win at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode on Monday (December 4, 2017).
GKFC found the lead in the 21st minute through former Aizawl FC striker Bayi Kamo but CCFC were able to equalize minutes later to end the match in a spirited draw that saw a huge turnout of 25,841 spectators.
The match lived up to the expectations of the huge crowd as both teams played an attacking football. Though the visitors had most of the possession, Gokulam were able to play their attacking game with ease and if it was not their profligacy in front of the goal, they could have snatched the victory.
Joachim almost scored in the third minute but GKFC goalie Nikhil Barnard, who was adjudged as the Hero of the Match later, saved his team from an early ignominy. GKFC winger Vicky Meitei had the home side's first chance but Chennai defender Henry Monsang Tesong came up to the rescue with a goal-line clearance.
Soosai Raj wasted another chance after he surged past the defenders, collecting a pass from midfield, but his shot missed the target when he had only goalie to beat. Soon after GKFC found the opener as Kamo received a long pass from Sushanth and buried it nicely after dribbling past a Chennai defender and goalie.
Chennai regained their lost moment after the goal and started to attack GKFC relentlessly. Nikhil produced a double save off Joachim and Soosai Raj but his efforts did not pay off as they equalized minutes later. CCFC found the equalizer through a corner taken by Edwin Sydney as he swung it over GKFC defence and Joachim scored from a header.
GKFC coach Bino George was forced to substitute Mbele at the stroke of the first half due to injury. The injury was a setback as they lost an important player and this was evident in GKFC's second-half display. They had their chances in the second half but their efforts went in vain as the GKFC forwards wasted several of them to end the match in a draw.
02.12.2017 : Shillong Lajong 2-0 Churchill Brothers (FT)
SLFC : Redeem Tlang 29', Kynshi 72'
MOM: Hardy Nongroby- SHILLONG LAJONG
SLFC : Purba Lachenpa, Novin, Doe, Juho, Rakesh, Daniel, Hardy, Alen Daory, Samuela, Redeem, Koffi.
CB : James Kithan., B.Nongkhlaw, E.Precious, Alber Gonsalves, Eric Nwaimo, Peter Omoduemuke, Suraj, Y.Meitei, Osagie Monday, Israil Gurung, Karthik Govindswamy,
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Redeem Tlang (28′) and Samuel J Lyngdoh Kynshi (72′) struck in either half of the match to give Lajong a 2-0 victory over Churchill Brothers in their second Hero I-League home fixture this season. Lajong leapfrog Minerva Punjab FC to grab the pole position having bagged all possible 6 points from 2 matches.
Both teams started playing offensive football in the first half of the match attempting to score but the match took a rough turn for Churchill Brothers in the 28th minute when Redeem Talang of Lajong struck the target. After the first goal, Lajong felt more comfortable with their situation in the game whereas, Churchill tried their best to come back but were not able to do so.
There was one yellow card for Lajong in the first half being shown to Daniel Odafin. The second yellow card was shown to Karthik Govindswamy of Churchill Brothers. On the resumption, Churchill Brothers shited the gear in their pursuit of the elusive equaliser.
Compared to the first half, the second half was more energetic and competitive. As contrary to the first half, Lajong were defensive in the first few minutes of the second half, preferred to secure their lead safely.
In the second half, Samuel J Lyngdoh Kynshi, came off the bench into the game, replacing Abdoulaye Koffi to score the second goal for Lajong in the 72nd minute, thus giving them the upper hand over Churchill Brothers and killing off any hope of coming back into the match.
Churchill Brothers still fought on and launched themselves into an offensive trying desperately to get back into the game, but were unable to do so. In the 82nd minute, Lajong’s Novin Gurung received a yellow card. Four minutes were added at the end of the second half which only delayed the inevitable.
Hardy Cliff Nongbri of Shillong Lajong FC was awarded the Hero Of The Match for his outstanding performance. Lajong will travel to Kolkata to lock their horns with Kingfisher East Bengal on December 9 while Churchill will contest against the Mariners next day.
01.12.2017: Minervs Punjab 2-1 Neroca FC (FT)
MPF : Chendho Gyeltshen 24', Lago Dagbo Bei 45+2'
NER : Felix Chidi 18'
MPFC : Arshadeep, Deepak Devrani, Sukhdev, Dano, Abhihek, Kasim, Randeep, Gairik Khosla, Chencho, Gagandeep, Lago.
NER : Lalit, Kallol, Govin, Ashok, Tondonba, Williams, Vorbe, Akhlidin, Subhash, Gopi, Felix.
29.11.2017: INDIAN ARROWS 3-0 CHENNAI CITY (FT.)
SCORER-INR : Aniket Yadav 20', 58', Boris Singh 90'
MOM : Aniket Yadqav - INDIAN ARROWS
INR Dheraj, Boris, Jitendra, Anwar, Sanjeev, Suresh, Amrit, Edmund, Aniket, Jackson, Rahul.
CFC : Polianec, Shumeiko, Mohan Rai, Sydney, Joaquim, Lourdusamy, Ravanan, Kelechukwa, Sosai Rai, Bora, Tesong.
FT : Indian Arrows win their opening match.
90': GOALLL : 3-0 Indian Arrows.THANJIAM SINGH SCORED THE 3RD..
58': GOALLL : 2nd individual goal of Aiket Yadav. 2-0 leading Indian Arrows..
HT : Indian Arrows are leading 1-0 in half time.
20': GOALLL : Indian Arrows boys are leading through Aiket Yadav's Score.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE :Indian Arrows registered a headline-grabbing victory over Chennai City FC with a 3-0 win in their I-League encounter at the GMC Bambolim Athletic stadium on Wednesday.
A brace from Aniket Jadhav (20′, 58′) and a 90th-minute goal from Boris Singh set the tone for a resounding victory for the youngsters to stun Chennai City FC in their Hero I-League 2017-18 curtain raiser. After a slow start, Arrows slowly switched into their attacking gears and came close in the 13th minute.
The move came down the left channel which saw Edmund Lalrindika clipping the ball into the box for the onrushing Suresh Singh but the midfielder couldn’t connect with it.
Chennai City had a few opportunities of their own. One such move saw Jean Michael Joachim work his way into the penalty box only to balloon his shot over the bar.
But the Arrows stunned Chennai City in the 20th minute. After passing the ball out from the defence, right-back Boris Singh threaded a defence-scathing pass to Rahul KP who was operating on the right flank.
Rahul aimed a cross into the box and Aniket Jadhav got on the end of the cross just outside the box. The forward made space for himself with a touch and curled a pile-driver into the far corner.
After falling behind, Chennai City tried to get back into the game but they were let down by poor finishing especially by Joachim and Lucky Kelechukwa.
Arrows striker Edmund was brilliant up front and nearly scored on two occasions. The forward saw one lobbed shot miss the far corner by inches and a swerving shot from outside the box hit the post.
The defensive organisation of the Indian Arrows was evident as they kept their shape and goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh hardly had any saves to make. Chennai City’s best chances came through set-pieces but poor finishing kept letting them down.
The score at half-time was 1-0 in favour of the Indian Arrows.
After the changeover, Arrows stunned Chennai again as they doubled their advantage in the 58th minute. Edmund raced down the byline and dragged the defenders and goalkeeper out before poking the ball into the box.
With an open goal in front of him, Aniket raced towards the ball and steered the ball into the net to score his second of the game. Eight minutes later, Chennai substitute Gurpreet Singh hit the crossbar from a free-kick and Chennai City had a few half chances.
As the game was winding down, Boris Singh piled the misery on a jaded Chennai City with a 90th-minute goal as he strolled into the box and steered the ball.It was game set and match for the Indian Arrows Colts and Aniket Jadhav was adjudged as the Hero of the Match
27.11.2017 : SHILLONG LAJONG FC 1-0 GOKULAM FC (FT)
SFFC : Alen Deory 24'
MOM : Alen Deory - SLFC
SLFC : Phurba, Nongbri, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Kynsailang Khongsit (Lyngdoh Kynshi), Rakesh Pradhan, Redeem Tlang, Odafin Daniel, Lawrence Doe, Ayman Al Hagri (Novin Gurung), Oh Joo Ho, Alen Deory (Shaiborlang Kharpan).
GFC : Nikhil Bernard, Sushanth Mathew, Usman Ashik, Mohammed Irshad, Provat Lakra, Emmanuel Ugochucku,( Shinu),Lelo Lelo, Daniel Addo, Arif Shaikh (Vicky Meitei), Kamo Bayi, Khaled Alsaleh, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Second match of the Hero I-League 2017-18 season started to The local tunes of Shillong, the match proceeded with Lajong playing offensive with a formation of 4-3-2-1 and Gokulam played rather defensive with a formation of 4-3-3. Eventually, the hosts garnered all three points in their season opener, all thanks to the 76th-minute goal by Alen Deory.
The first half was very interesting, rather electrifying. Both teams played their parts brilliantly with Lajong playing offensive and Gokulam playing defensive. The ball possession was not constant to any team and both teams were able to snatch the ball from each other making the ball juggle from one goalpost to the other.
There were a lot of attempts taken by both the sides but all of them were unable to penetrate into the goal. Either the ball was deflected by the goalkeeper or was overshot beyond the post. The two most important attempts taken in the first half were both by Samuel Lalmuanpuia, captain of Shillong Lajong.
At the end of the first half, two minutes extra time was given for either of the teams to play their magic. Unfortunately enough for both the teams, no goals were scored in the first half. The crowd of Shillong were rather disappointed at this goal-less first half.
The second half of the game was rather rougher than the first half. Although no serious fouls were committed, still the players were seen stumbling upon each other and the tackling was fierce. In this half of the game, Lajong had more ball possession, near about 60 percent.
There was one substitution each for Lajong as well as for Gokulam. In case of Lajong, Kynsailang Khongsit was called out of the game to be substituted by Samuel J Lyngdoh Kynshi. In case of Gokulam, Usman Ashik replaced Arif Shaikh.
The game was going well for Gokulam until the 76th minute when Alen Deory scored a header into the goal, assisted by the skipper Samuel Lalmuanpuia. It was a long free-kick taken by Samuel and Alen poked in a brilliant header to breach the resilient Gokulam defence.
After the goal, Gokulam went all guns blazing to score an equaliser but were unable to do so. Four minutes of extra time were given to the match and Gokulam tried to score but succumbed to Lajong’s defences.
Alen Deory went on to be the Hero of the match. In front of a strong home support, Lajong set off their Hero I-League journey with a clinical three-pointer.