INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Bengaluru FC beat Sporting Goa 4-1 at Home match
31.03.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- 4-1
BFC : Walker 33, Rino 51, Thoi 60, Beingaichho 80
SCG : Victorino 83
SCG : Pawan, Amna, Antao, Singh, Chinta, Garcia, D'Cruz, Joseph, Gonsalves, Odafa, Wolfe
BFC : Ralte, Rino, Osano, Jonshon, Chhuantea, Thoi, Lyndoh, Walkar, Rooney, Robin, Sunil
BFC PRESS RELEASE : A clinical Bengaluru FC turned on the style at the Kanteerava Stadium, handing Sporting Clube de Goa a 4-1 defeat, in Bengaluru, on Monday. Goals from Joshua Walker, Rino Anto, Thoi Singh and Beikhokhei Beingaichho meant the Blues kept the pressure on leaders Mohun Bagan whom they now trail by a sole point.
Ashley Westwood's men went into the game knowing nothing but a win would do after Royal Wahingdoh, who travel to Bengaluru in two days, scored a 1-0 win over East Bengal to move three clear of the Blues. Chasing their first win of the season, Sporting were dealt a telling blow when captain Anthony Wolfe came off at the 30-minute mark with what seemed like a dislocated shoulder. Fellow striker and new signing Odafa Okolie had two shots on target that were kept away by Lalthuammawia who had another special performance under the bar.
But it was Walker who sprung the game to life when he deftly headed a Eugeneson Lyngdoh freekick at the far post to give Bengaluru a lead they would take to the dressing room at half-time. Not wanting to take a foot off the pedal, Bengaluru found their second in the 51st minute after Sean Rooney did brilliantly well in setting up Rino. Set free with a long ball, Rooney sprinted down a fair bit of the pitch, held his marker off and slipped one through for an onrushing Rino who shot home from close.
The early blow seemed to have deflated Sporting's will and before they know it, Thoi landed another blow on the hour mark. Making the most of a Robin Singh cross that came off a defender only to fall at his feet, Thoi finished without fuss to make it 3-0. With ten minutes to the whistle, substitute Beingaichho kept his fluent goal scoring record against Sporting Clube intact when he picked up CK Vineeth’s cut back and shot past Ravi Kumar.
Sporting Clube did get on the score sheet three minutes later through Victorino Fernandes but it would only be a consolation on a night that Matteus Costa admitted his team could do little on.
FULL TIME Bengaluru FC beat Sporting Goa in 4-1
90':3 minutes of added time
86':Odafa's brilliant free kick, Ralte punched it away.
82':GOAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Victorino's shot, deflected by Johnson, Ralte failed to save it.
80':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Substitute Beikho scored for Bengaluru FC.
63':Players Change in Bengaluru FC: Udanta Singh in place of Rooney
60':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Robin Singh's pass and Thoi Singh finished it well
56':Players Change in Sporting Goa: Beevan in place of Alber
53': Another chance to Rooney, but a fine save by Ravi to deny again
51':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Rino scored for Bengaluru FC.Rooney's through and Rino's shot in the right of keeper Ravi
46':Second half resumed
HT : 1-0 to Bengaluru.
45': 2 minutes added time.
IN AFC U23 - INDIA 0-0 BANGLADESH AFTER 75 MINUTES.
33': GOOOAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Bengaluru. Walkar scored off Lyndoh free kick.
28': Change - SCG - Wolfe out and Mascarenhas in.
20': SCORE LINE 0-0.
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Blues Look To Close Gap On Top Of The Table Even As Goan Opposition Chases First Win Of The Season. Ashley Westwood believes his team are peaking at the right time as Bengaluru begin the second half of the season when they host a struggling Sporting Clube de Goa at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.
With Sporting yet to win a game in the League this season and Bengaluru's 100% win record over the Goan club, the numbers stack up against the visitors but Westwood refuses to believe so. 'In the I-League, anybody can beat anybody on their day so we have to take them very seriously. We feel strong and are peaking at the right time and now just force the issue and try and put in good performances till the end of the season,' said Westwood at the pre-match press conference, on Monday.
Second on the table and four points behind leaders Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC have been turning up with good performances despite juggling AFC commitments but Westwood knows that a slip up can be ill afforded given the fewer number of games in the League this season. 'Every single game is important. We knew that from the start of the season. If there were 15 or 16 teams, we would have a lot more games to play with and be very confident of winning the League. But with only twenty games, people can get lucky if you like but we have to keep believing and putting the pressure on the others,' said the gaffer.
Bengaluru put on a solid show in the away leg where a brace from Sean Rooney and a goal from Beikhokhei Beingaichho gave the Blues a 3-1 win. Sporting, since then, have rung in a couple of changes bringing in striker Odafa Okolie and Syrian Mahmoud Al-Amna to shore up things. Skipper Anthony Wolfe has been on a little goal scoring spree himself, bagging 4 in the last 4 games and seems to be making the most of Odafa's arrival. 'They’ve got new signing Odafa and Wolfe up front who on their days are capable of scoring goals and changing fortunes so we need to be concentrated to try and get a result,' felt Westwood.
Bengaluru will be without midfielders Siam Hanghal and Shankar Sampingiraj who are away with the India Under-23 team playing the AFC Championship while Sporting too have an absentee in Sandesh Jhingan who is part of the same team.
31.03.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- 4-1-- SPORTING GOA (FT)