GKFC : Henry Kisseka 49'

06.12.2019 : INDIAN ARROWS <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> GOKULAM KERALA FC (FT)
ARR : Ajin Tom, Akash Mishra, Vikram Pratap Singh, Aman Chetri, M. Givson Singh, Saurabh Meher, Samik Mitra, Ricky John Shabong, Harmanpreet Singh, Rv. Hormipam, Lalliansanga Renthlei

GKFC : UBAID C.K, Naocha Singh, Haroon Amiri, Andre Dennis, Mohamed Irshad Thaivalappi, Nathanil Garcia, Marcus Joseph, Md. Rashid K, Jestine GEorge, Sebastian THANGMUANSANG, Henry Kisekka.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Ugandan forward Henry Kisekka’s quality finish ensured title favourites Gokulam Kerala FC put it over a young, resilient and at times impressive Indian Arrows side by a solitary goal, in a 13th Hero I-League encounter at the Tilak Maidan in Goa. The Arrows gave the in-form Malabarians a mighty scare, particularly after the latter had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men.

Gokulam coach Valera played both Kisekka and Trinidadian captain Marcus Joseph upfront while Arrows’ new coach Shanmugam Venkatesh also began with a regulation 4-4-2, with Vikram Partap Singh and Aman Chetri upfront. Gokulam started strongly and both Joseph and Kisekka missed a couple of sitters in the opening 20 minutes of the game. The Arrows, however, found their grooves by then and Vikram Partap was impressed with his surging runs down the right.

06.12.2019 : INDIAN ARROWS <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> GOKULAM KERALA FC (FT)
By the time the half ended, Gokulam were left wondering what they needed to do to break down the young Arrows as their goal was being manned more-than-ably by the young Samik Mitra, who also had a good confident half.After the breather, and quite against the run of play, Gokulam went ahead within five minutes of the resumption. A long ball found Kisekka on the top of the Arrows box on the right. The Ugandan got away from his markers in a flash and neatly placed the ball in the left-hand corner of the Arrows net.

The game continued to ebb and flow and then in the 76th minute, a wonderful Gokulam move resulted in a Joseph header deflecting off a defender and going in, but Samik brought off a brilliant save again to deny Joseph on the day.Five minutes later, Etienne brought down an onrushing Aman Chetri after the young forward had dispossessed him in-front of goal and was headed towards it. With just the keeper ahead, the referee had no option but to give marching orders to the burly Trinidadian centre-back.

30.11.2019 : GOKULAM KERALA FC 2-1 NEROCA FC (FT..)
GKFC: Henry 44', Marcus 49'
NFC: T Sampson 88'
MOM : Marcus Joseph (Gokulam Kerala)

30.11.2019 : GOKULAM KERALA FC <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> NEROCA FC (FT..)
GKFC: Ubaid, Huidrom, Amiri, Andre, Irshad, Garcia, Marcus, Rashid, Jestin, Thangmuansang, Henry
NFC: Marvin, Diawara, Sampson, Ahongshangbam, Kouami, Romtan, Zodingliana, Chanso, Shaikhom, Khanngam, Boubacar

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : In front of a packed audience of 31,184 home fans, Gokulam Kerala got their Hero I-League 2019-20 season underway on a positive note by pulling off a 2-1 victory over Manipur’s NEROCA FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode on Saturday (November 30, 2019). Goals from Henry Kisekka in the 43rd minute and Marcus Joseph in the 49th minute almost took the home side to victory before Taryk Sampson pulled one back for the visitors late in the game.

Both returning coaches fielded a line-up signalling attacking intent. The spearheading duo of Marcus Joseph and Henry Kisekka, to nobody’s surprise, featured in the Starting XI. Trinidadian Andre Etienne started in defence with Nathaniel Garcia in the heart of midfield.

30.11.2019 : GOKULAM KERALA FC <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> NEROCA FC (FT..)
NEROCA FC opted for a less cautious approach, with coach Gift Raikhan fielding a 3-5-2 formation. New signing and club skipper, Trinidadian veteran Marvin Devon Phillip started in goal with his young compatriot Taryk Sampson starting in defence while Malian forward Boubacar Diarra was the focal point of Neroca offence. It was the home side that dictated the tempo of the game right from the kick-off whistle. With rigid pressing and stitched passes, Gokulam were looking to make the most of their attacking arsenal.

They had a golden chance to take the lead in the 16th minute when a cross from the left flank found Kisekka, who had a free header to capitalize on, but his effort was off the mark. The Ugandan, along with Marcus Joseph, remained a constant threat throughout the game.In the 35th minute, Marcus Joseph had a free-kick which he attempted shoot under the wall, but it ricocheted off the defence and fell at his feet again, which he attempts to volley but his effort missed the mark by a whisker, sailing over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute, when Henry Kisekka’s left-footed effort from close range found the back of the net to send Gokulam in front, going into half-time. The second half began the way the first half had ended in. In the 49th minute, across from the right flank found Marcus Joseph inside the box and he made no mistake in scoring from the open header to double the home side’s advantage.

Against the run of play, NEROCA finally pulled one back in the 88th minute. An acrobatic bicycle kick from Taryk Sampson off a set-piece gave the visitors a lifeline but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation. The Malabarians earned all three points to get their season underway on a positive note, following up from their Durand Cup-winning pre-season form. Marcus Joseph was declared the Hero of the Match.