INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Bengaluru FC reach top of the table beat Salgaocar 3-1 at home.
17.05.2015: BENGALURU FC -- 3-1
BFC : Thoi 25, Lyngdoh 74, Osano 80
SAL : Duffy 69'
BFC : Ralte, Johnson, Chhuantea, Osano, Sankar, Egueneson, Thoi, Walker, Rooney, VIneeth, Sunil
SAL : Karanjit, Colaco, Augustin, Kasonde, Gurjinder, Balied, Lamare, Mundampara, Mascarenhas, Douhou, Duffy
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC made a bold statement to their title charge with a 3-1 win over Salgaocar FC that sent the Blues atop the I-League table at the Kanteerava Stadium on a rainy Sunday evening in Bengaluru.
A stunning opener from Thoi Singh, an opportunistic reply from Eugeneson Lyngdoh as soon as Salgaocar got the equaliser through Darryl Duffy, and Curtis Osano's first goal for the club made sure Bengaluru piled the pressure on second-placed Mohun Bagan over whom the Blues now have a three point lead.
Needing nothing short of a win, Westwood chose to start with two strikers in CK Vineeth and Sean Rooney along with Thoi in midfield while Shankar Sampingiraj played in the right-back position as the Blues got off to a confident start.
17.05.2015: BENGALURU FC -- 3-1-- SALGAOCAR (FT..).
TEAM M W D L GF GA GD PTS 1 BFC 18 10 5 3 33 17 +16 35 2 MMB 17 9 5 3 28 15 +13 32 3 Royal 18 8 6 4 27 23 +4 30 4 KEB 17 7 5 5 26 21 +5 26 5 PFC 18 7 5 6 23 22 +1 26 6 SLFC 17 5 5 7 28 25 +3 20 7 FC 18 3 9 6 18 25 -7 18 8 Bharat 18 4 6 8 11 21 -10 18 9 SCG 17 3 8 6 16 24 -8 17 10 Dempo 17 3 8 6 14 23 -9 17 11 SAL 17 5 2 10 18 26 -8 17
Vineeth had a brilliant chance in the 18th minute to give the Blues the lead after Rooney, who was picked by a precise through ball from Sunil Chhetri, played his fellow striker square. In the box and with only the ’keeper to beat, Vineeth saw his shot saved by Karanjit.
But Bengaluru's wait for the goal wasn't lengthy. One of the many attacks in a dominant first half yielded a corner. Eugeneson Lyngdoh's take came off the mix in the box before falling to Thoi who smashed home a belter on the half volley to make it 1-0.
Keen to add to the advantage, Bengaluru created a flurry of chances – some, which they should have finished off, and others, that they were denied by Karanjit as the sides went into half-time amid heavy showers.
The second half underway, Bengaluru seemed to be cruising with ample possession till they were hit by an equaliser in the 69th minute. A diving Duffy met Douhou Pierre's cross with a header that beat Lalthuammawia Ralte. But such was Bengaluru’s resolve for the win, they needed just five minutes to grab the lead again.
Taking out defender Augustin Fernandes down the left, Rooney sent in a cross for Vineeth who had a diving header of his own saved by Karanjit. But an opportunistic Lyngdoh reaped the benefits of his charge as he tapped home the rebound to make it 2-1.
Bengaluru put things to bed when Osano leaped and thumped home Lyngdoh's corner with his head ten minutes from time as the Blues made it four wins in as many League meetings over Salgaocar. Westwood's boys next travel to Goa where they play Dempo SC on Saturday before making the trip to Hong Kong for the AFC Cup pre-quarterfinal against South China AA on May 26.
FT: BENGALURU FC 3-1 SALGAOCAR
81': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-1 now for Bangaluru FC through Osano off a brilliant header from Lyndoh's corner kick.
74': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 to Bengaluru FC through Lyndoh. Header of Vineeth deflected for Karanjit and Lyndoh who followed the ball scored the 2nd goal.
71': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. Darrel Duffy equalized for Salgaocar.
70': 1-0 STILL for Bengaluru FC.
65': CHANGE - BFC : Shankar out and Rino Anto in.
65': Still Bengaluru FC is leading, Thoi Singh's 26th minute score.
60': STILL BENGALURU FC is leading 1-0.
59': Chance to Bengaluru. Chhetri to Douhou to Rooney through but Rooney's shot went wide.
26': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Bengaluru FC through Thoi Singh good header from the corner of Lyndoh.
om: It's raining at Bangaluru, Spectators are waiting for the kick off.
MATCH PREVIEW : BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC will look to seize the chance of opening a three point lead at the top of the table when they host Goa club Salgaocar SC at the Kanteerava Stadium, in B engaluru, on Sunday. With three rounds of football left, the Blues will look to make the most of fellow title contenders Mohun Bagan's 2-1 defeat to Sporting Clube de Goa on Saturday as the League nears what could be one of its closest finishes.
Bengaluru FC enjoy a 3-0 record over Salgaocar in the League but while the numbers suggest domination, the battles have always been closely fought affairs. "Results wise, you might never say they've given us a tough time but we've always had really close games against Salgaocar. It's a really tricky game and it’s one that we need to win so we need to be really focused to get something out of it. We have three games left in the season and we're going to have to win them all to be serious contenders for the title," said
Westwood while addressing the press on Saturday.
The Blues have churned out regularly consistent performances in all departments through the season and it's little surprise that Westwood’s team have the best goals-for tally this far. The defence too has been hard to get past and with 16 goals conceded, is second to only Bagan.
It took a Robin Singh goal close to 10 minutes from time to give Bengaluru a win against a stubborn Salgaocar in March at the Fatorda Stadium in March and Westwood reckons Sunday's task will be anything but easy. "The last time we played Salgaocar, they made it very difficult for us and they were hard to break down. They have some quality players in Douhou Pierre, who can score at any given time on the pitch and Darryl Duffy, who is a goal-poacher of sorts," said the gaffer.
Westwood is expected to ring in a number of changes from the squad he put out against Persipura Jayapura on Tuesday. John Johnson, Joshua Walker, Sean Rooney and Rino Anto – all look certain to make the squad. Even Udanta Singh, who scored his first goal for the club in the AFC Cup game against the Indonesian side, has made a case for a start and it will be interesting to see the combination Westwood goes with.
"It made me really happy getting my first goal for the club. An injury at the start of the season kept me out but I’m slowly getting there and feel good about contributing to the team during what is a very important phase. There’s absolutely no pressure on us and the dressing room is a happy place. Let's hope we go and get the results we need," said Udanta. Bengaluru travel to Goa where they face Dempo before hosting Bagan for the season finale on May 31.