INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : 10 men Bengaluru FC down Shillong Lajong at home.

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14.02.2014: BENGALURU FC --- ( 2-0 )--- SHILLONG LAJONG ( FT.)
BEN : Robin Singh 16, Thoi Singh 62' BFC : Ralte, Osano, Johnson, Walker, Thoi, Eugene, Beikho, Robin, Sunil, Keegan, Shankar
SLF : Rehenesh, Aibor, Tamang, Jibon, Rupert, Joseph, Penn, Durga, Boithang, Len, Cornell.
REF : Pranjwal Banerjee

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A resolute Bengaluru FC moved to second place on the I-League table after headers from both Singhs - Robin and Thoi - gave the Blues a 2-0 win at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. Down to ten men for a half and a little more after Curtis Osano saw a straight red in the 41st minute, Bengaluru made light of the disadvantage, even scoring against the run of play as the Blues notched their third win on the trot.

Without regular wingbacks Rino Anto and Lalchhuanmawia who picked up niggles during training, Ashley Westwood handed starts to young Shankar Sampingiraj and Keegan Pereira as Bengaluru got close to scoring inside the minute mark.

The goal did come in the 16th minute when Shankar justified the gaffer's decision to start him, floating an inch-perfect cross that Robin nodded home with command. Lajong had the odd chance or two but not ones to ruffle feathers in the Bengaluru defence. The hosts, however, suffered a blow when referee Pranjal Bannerjee flashed what seemed to be an unwarranted red card on Osano. While the defender did bring down Cornell Glenn, whether it demanded a red was debatable.

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But while the numbers should have pegged Bengaluru FC back, the Blues weren't having any of it. With a minute to the half-time whistle, Chhetri ran down the left, took out two defenders and shot from the narrowest of angles only to see it come off the far post.

Westwood brought on NS Manju for Beikhokhei Beingaichho at the start of the second half while Lajong, sensing an opportunity, introduced striker Uilliams Souza for Durga Boro. The visitors piled on a flurry of attacks within ten minutes of the restart but it was Bengaluru who got the goal. Having been in some special scoring form, Eugeneson Lyngdoh turned provider this time sending in a cross that Thoi Singh flicked home with a touch of class.

Westwood then brought on Vishal Kumar and CK Vineeth for Chhetri and Robin as Bengaluru kept their composure to notch a win and equally importantly a third straight clean sheet. "This has been one of our best performances this season on so many fronts. Even with a man down we showed hunger for a second goal," said Westwood post the victory.

14.02.2014: BENGALURU FC --- ( 2-0 )--- SHILLONG LAJONG ( FT.):
BEN : Robin Singh 16, Thoi Singh 62' BFC : Ralte, Osano, Johnson, Walker, Thoi, Eugene, Beikho, Robin, Sunil, Keegan, Shankar
SLFC : Rehenesh, Aibor, Tamang, Jibon, Rupert, Joseph, Penn, Durga, Boithang, Len, Cornell.
Referee: Pranjwal Banerjee

FT : 10 men Bengaluru FC win 2-0 against Shillong Lajong.
89': BENGALURU 2-0 SHILLONG LAJONG
81': CHANGE - BFC : : Vineeth in and Robin out.
70': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to 10 men Bengaluru through Thoi Singh.
67': CHANGE : Sunil out and Vishalin.
67': CHANGE : Ongnam out Lalfakzuala in.
65': BENGALURU 2-0 SHILLONG LAJONG
62': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to 10 men Bengaluru through Thoi Singh.
60': STILL 10 men BENGALURU is leading 1-0.
47': Chance to Bengaluru but missed by Robin Singh.
46': CHANGE - BFC : Manju replaces Beikhokhei.
46': Starts of 2nd half match.
HT 10 men Bengaluru is leading 1-0.
45': 2 minutes added time
44':Sunil's shot, deflected from post
43':Lajong's move, Lenn is in offside
42':Boithang's free kick, Ralte dropped the ball but Lajong again missed that good opportunity.
40':RED CARD to Osano for his bad tackle to Glen. Free kick to Lajong
38':Sunil's pass to Robin, but Robin Singh is in OFFSIDE position.
36':Osano committed a foul against Lenn, free kick to Lajong
32':Lyndoh's corner, cleared in defence
31':Chance to Sunil, good save by Rehnesh, another corner to Bengaluru FC
29':Bengaluru FC's corner, good save by Rehnesh, back to back two save to clear the ball
26':Lenn's shot blocked another rebound shot of Durga, went wide
25':Durga Boro's cross, Glen just missed to touch the ball. Close Chance.
24':Keegan's corner, Rehnesh save the ball
23':Another corner to Bengaluru FC
21':Boithang's free kick, straight to Ralte
20':Bad tackle of Thoi to Glen, free kick to Lajong
18':Two back to back attack of Bengaluru FC from two different end, defence cleared the ball
16':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Sankar's brilliant cross from right flank and Robin's header finds the net.
14':Bengaluru FC's move but Lyndoh committed hand ball
12':Thoi's shot, easy to keeper Rehenesh.
10':Lyndoh's long ranger, went wide
6':Nearly another chance in opposite end. Cornell Glen missed it
5':Brilliant chance to Bengaluru FC. Beikho's cross, Robin's header Rehenesh cleared it another chance to Osano, but he tipped the ball and made it easy to Rehenesh.
2':Ball cleared from corner and a counter attack through Lenn, cleared in defence
1':Robin's shot, blocked and corner to Bengaluru FC
0':Kick off

BFC PRESS RELEASE - PREVIEW : Coach Ashley Westwood said the momentum was with his team as Bengaluru FC host Shillong Lajong at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. The Blues come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Bharat FC at home last week and Westwood is hopeful of the team churning out the results as the climb on the table gains pace.

"The momentum's with us at the minute. We've won the last two games, have scored five goals and we've had two clean sheets so that's good form. Hopefully we can carry that forward into the next games and climb up the table and find ourselves where we want to be at the end of the season," he said.

Shillong haven't had the best of starts to the League with three points from four games and while foreign players joining the team late has much to do with the dismal run, coach Thangboi Singto said the team are keen on getting things back on track. "As a team, as Shillong Lajong, we have to believe in what we can do and hopefully we can get a result tomorrow, which is what we've come here to do."

The traveling team has retained the services of strikers Cornell Glen and Uilliams Souza apart from bringing aboard seasoned midfielder Penn Orji and the inclusions will sure add mettle to Lajong's season.

On the injury front, Sean Rooney looks a doubtful starter for the Blues. The Australian striker missed the win over Bharat with a sore groin and Westwood said a call on his inclusion would be taken on the morning of the game.

Interestingly, tomorrow's game could see as many as three former Lajong players start against their old club. Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte and left-back Lalchhuanmawia who have all played for the club from the hills, have played an integral part in Bengaluru FC's season this far. Lyngdoh, is in fact, the club’s leading scorer in the League with three goals in five games.

Across competitions, Bengaluru have a 2-1 record over Lajong and the I-League champions' last win came in the Federation Cup where a Robin Singh strike was enough to see the Blues through. Westwood's team will make the trip to Kolkata where they play Mohun Bagan on February 20 and a win on Saturday would be the perfect injection as the season picks pace. The game kicks off at 7 pm.