INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Lajong hold Bharat FC 1-1 in away.
19.04.2015 : BHARAT FC -- 1-1
BFC : Surojit Bose 35'
SLF : Uilliams 87'
BFC :Arindam, Mehraj, Gouramangi, Ravanan, Jarun, Nabi, Hassell, Boco, Dias, Surajit, Subhas
SLF : Rehenesh, Son, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Saadap, Pritam, Orji, Milan, Zodingliana, Boithang, Uilliams, Cornell
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FC were left to rue their luck as they settled for an entertaining 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong FC on Sunday night at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi. Surajit Boseís 35th minute strike was cancelled out by Brazilian Uilliams Souza's close-range finish in the 85th minute.
The draw leaves Bharat FC in 10th place on the Hero I-League table. The Lions have 12 points from 13 games while Shillong Lajong FC are in eighth place courtesy of the draw with 13 points from as many games.
Lions' head coach Stuart Watkiss rung in a few changes opting to start Subash Singh and Surajit Bose as a strike pairing with New Zealand international striker Kris Bright beginning the game on the bench. Steven Dias also returned to the starting eleven as Bharat FC played a 4-4-1-1 formation against a pacy Shillong Lajong FC side.
The first chance of the game fell to the Lions when Syed Rahim Nabi bombed up the left flank, cut past a covering Boithang Haokip and delivered a cross into the box. North Korean defender Minchol Son had to effect a hasty clearance as Bharat FC won their first corner.
In the 11th minute, a precise corner from Steven Dias saw the ball come off Omar Jarun's head in the box and fall to Surajit Bose. The striker controlled the ball on his chest before volleying the ball towards the far corner. The strike seemed to have a tad too much in it as the ball whizzed past the post.
In the very next minute, Rajinder Kumar was picked out in the box by Bobby Hassell and even though the former did well to center the ball, the retreating Lajong defense ensured that the ball was cleared.
After an exciting opening, the game settled down into a midfield battle as both teams tried to feed their front-men from the center. In the 28th minute, Bobby Hassell almost gave Bharat FC the lead as he leapt high in the Shillong Lajong box, acrobatically twisted his body and connected a sweet volley. Lajong keeper TP Rehenesh did well to get fingertips to the ball, sending it out for another corner.
The goal finally arrived in the 35th minute as Surajit Boseís perfectly placed header beat a flailing Rehenesh. Steven Dias delivered a well-judged out-swinging corner and Surajitís downward header was powerful enough to nestle into the bottom-right corner.
Bharat FC created a flurry of attacking moves immediately after the goal but the Lajong defense managed to avoid further damage going into the break. After the restart, Bharat FC started strongly with the hardworking Subash Singh giving Rehenesh a few nervous moments as he twisted and turned his way into the box.
Lajong's first real chance arrived in the 58th minute when Cornell Glenn, the Trinidad and Tobago international, dribbled past three defenders before seeing his powerful drive come off the cross-bar. Bharat FC had their goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya to thank as the custodian kept the Lions alive, keeping out two stinging shots from Penn Orji. Arindam produced perhaps the save of the match in the 70th minute when a low fizzing drive from Orji was parried to safety by a diving Arindam.
Lajong FC's pressing game finally bore fruit in the 85th minute when Penn Orji burst into the right of the Lionsí box and cut-back the ball for the prowling Uilliams Souza to bundle in from close range. Bharat FC almost grabbed the winner in the 88th minute when a powerful diagonal ball from Bobby Hassell found Asif Kottayil and Kris Bright in the Lajong box. Neither of the two could manage the finish touch as the backpedalling Rehenesh breathed a sigh of relief as the ball went harmlessly out of play.
FT : Shillong Lajong hold Bharat FC 1-1 in last minute score.
88': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Shillong Lajong scored through Uilliams. now 1-1.
80': SPORTING GOA is LEADING 2-0 over Salgaocar and Bharat FC is leading 1-0.
68': CHANGE - BFC : Thangjam SINGH in and Nicolau COLACO out
. 65': CHANGE - BFC : Tomba SINGH in and Rajinder out
. 60': Still Bharat FC is leading 1-0.
CHANGE - BFC : Surojit Bose out and Krish Bright in.
36':Players Change in Salgaocar: Bikash Jairu in place of Brian Mascarenhas
35':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Stevan's corner kick and Surajit's header finds the net
23':Yellow Card: Gouramangi Singh
6':Yellow Card: Ravanan
4':Yellow Card: Jarun clatters for his foul against Uilliams
Bharat FC will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they ready to host Shillong Lajong FC in a Hero I-League round 18 encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi on Sunday evening.
The Lions have not enjoyed a good run of results in April, having lost two consecutive games in the space of a week. Since holding Pune FC to a 1-1 draw at the beginning of the month, Bharat FC have lost 0-3 against East Bengal FC and then went down 2-0 against Mohun Bagan AC in Kolkata. Bharat FC are currently in tenth position in the Hero I-League with 11 points from 12 games. Their opponents on Sunday, Shillong Lajong FC, are tied with the Lions on points but sit in ninth place by the virtue of superior goal difference. The side from Shillong played out a 1-1 draw against cross-town rivals Royal Wahingdoh FC in the previous round.
Bharat FC's head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said that though results have not gone his side's way, he is confident of an up-swing in fortunes. 'A week is a long time in football. After putting on a very confident and encouraging performance against Pune FC, we have lost two games in succession. Defeats are always hard to take but I expect the lads to use the past two games as a learning experience. Yes, we committed a couple of mistakes and we got punished. That is football, but if you learn from these mistakes and ensure that you don't repeat them, then you have gained something from those defeats,' he said.
The lack of goals in the last two games is a cause of worry for Watkiss but the head coach was upbeat on his side's forward play and said that he was confident that the scoring touch would reappear very soon. 'Against East Bengal and Mohun Bagan we created a number of chances, good chances. Both those teams are good sides but our midfield and forwards were able to trouble them. Over the past week, we have placed special emphasis on our finishing off good attacking play, working the goalkeeper and getting the ball in good areas. I am positive that we will score goals and be much more dangerous in the attacking third,' he said.
The Lions' head coach has his full squad for selection barring Adil Khan, J Prasad and Lester Fernandez, all three out with long term injuries. 'We have kept our options open as far as team selection is concerned. We have a few players who have the capability to play different roles over the pitch. We are exploring a few options in terms of the formations that we can play and I am confident that whatever team we put out, it will work towards earning a positive result for us,' he said.
Shillong Lajong FC's head coach, Thangboi Singto, said that he expected a tough 90 minutes on Sunday but was confident that his team had enough in the tank to give Bharat FC a run for their money. 'We did not have the best start to the season but we have improved now. We had a big win (0-6 Mumbai FC) and that has set us up really nicely. There is renewed confidence in the team and as our recent results have shown, we are hitting our stride,' he said. Seminlen Doungel will be missing out on the match for Lajong due to suspension.
19.04.2015 : BHARAT FC -- 1-1-- SHILLONG LAJONG ( FT )