INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : 9 men Bharat FC first win to beat Salgaocar at home.

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22.02.2015: BHARAT FC --- 2-0 --- SALGAOCAR ( FT....)
BFC : Subhas Singh 24', Chris Bright 45' (Pen)
MOM : Romuald Boco (BFC)
BFC : Arindam, Mehraj, Gourmangi, Ravanan, Nabi, Bobby, Boco, Subhash, Lester, Rajinder, Bright.
SAL : Surata, Mendes, Kasonde, Fernandes, Gurjinder, Mascarenhas, Lamare, Dias, Oliveira, Jairu, Douhou.

BFC Press Release : Bharat FC notched its first ever win, beating SalgaocarFC 2-0 in an exciting encounter Hero I-League encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi. The win, the first in the club's history was not bereft of drama as Bharat FC finished the game with only nine men, two players having been sent off and Arindam Bhattacharya saving a penalty in injury time. The result sees Bharat FC climb up one position to 10th with five points from their five games. Salgaocar FC remain sixth after their second consecutive loss.

Bharat FC opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Subash Singh bundled in the rebound after Kris Bright's shot had been parried by the Salgaocar FC keeper. New Zealand international Kris Bright then doubled the advantage, winning and converting a penalty in the 45th minute. The second half saw Bharat FC's G Vignesh sent-off after picking up a second yellow card. Seven minutes from the end, central defender Dharmaraj Ravanan received his marching orders. Though severely depleted, Bharat FC held on confidently to secure a memorable victory.

The game began in nervous fashion for Bharat FC when in the seventh minute,Salgaocar FC's Bikash Jairu failed to tap in the ball from five yards out after being set up by the nimble Brian Mascarenhas. Bharat FC were dealt a blow in the very next minute when Bobby Hassell limped off with a toe injury to be replaced by G Vignesh. The latter's introduction seemed to galvanize Bharat FC who began to string together cohesive attacking moves consistently. Young Rajinder Kumar, making his third I-League start of the season, was in impressive form making a number of probing runs down the right flank, pulling the wing-back out of position and sending in a couple of dangerous crosses.

It was one such instinctive run by Rajinder that gave Bharat FC its opening goal. The winger was deftly released by MehrajuddinWadoo and the winger's cross was awkwardly headed out by a retreating Clifton Dias for a corner. Lester Fernadez's resulting corner found Kris Bright on the edge of the Salgaocar FC box and the striker's thundering drive was too hot for Subrata Paul in the Salgaocar goal to gather. The loose ball was pounced upon by Subash Singh, who deftly directed the ball into the back of the net, sending the home crowd into raptures.

Bharat FC continued to pile on the pressure with Rajinder and Subash combining well down the right to constantly trouble the Salgaocar FC defense. The pressure finally bore fruit in the 45th minute. Arindam Bhattacharya punted a long ball up the field and a willing Kris Bright was torpedoed by an on-rushing Subrata Paul in the 18-yard box. The referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot, also flashing a yellow card in Paulís face. Bright had no problems converting the penalty, placing a precise shot in the far corner, the ball comfortably evading Paul's outstretched hand.

Bharat FC went into the half-time break with a two-goal cushion and looked the more dangerous of the two sides after the restart. The impressive Bright who dropped deep to see more of the ball constantly harried the two Salgaocar FC centre-backs, often forcing them to drop deep and consequently opening up space for his central midfielders and wingers.

Bharat FC suffered a setback in the 54th minute when G Vignesh was sent-off for his second bookable offence. Against 10 men, Salgaocar FC exerted considerable pressure but the Bharat FC defense held strong. Marshalled expertly by the burly Gouramangi Singh in the center, Bharat FC held its shape, breaking up many a Salgaocar attack.

Douhou Pierre gave Bharat FC a big scare in the 81st minute, wriggling past the attentions of Syed Rahim Nabi, advancing down on goal. Arindam Bhattacharya the Bharat FC custodian was quickest to react, rushing off his line and sliding to collect the ball off Pierre's toes. 10 minutes later, RavananDharmaraj hauled down Jaison Vales inside the area, Salgaocar were awarded a penalty while Ravanan earned his second yellow card. Douhou Pierre stepped up but Arindam Bhattacharya dived to his left, smothering the ball and protecting Bharat FC's two-goal advantage.

FT : 1st win of Bharat FC. 9 men Bharat FC beat Salgaocar 2-0 at home.
90+2': WOW! Arindam saved spot kick of Douhou.
90+1': 9 men now Bharat FC .
90+1: RED CARD : Ravanan of BFC shown Red Card. Penalty to Salgaocar.
90': 4 minutes added time.
85': SCORE LINE : 10 men Bharat FC 2-0 SALGAOCAR
72': Yellow Card to 70': CHANGE - SAL : Vales in and Jairu out.
64': CHANGE - SAL : Karma T in and Gilbert Oliveira out.
60': CHANGE - BFC : Rajinder Kumar our and J Prasad in.
55': 10 men Bharat FC is playing now.
54': RED CARD : Vignesh of Bharat FC for 2nd booking.
46': Starts of 2nd Half.
45': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : 2nd goal of Bright from spot kick.
45': Penalty to Bharat FC.Subrata Pall fouled and shown yellow card.
45': Still Bharat FC is leading 1-0.
30': YELLOW CARD - Brian of SAL for handling ball.
28': This is the 5th Match in I-League of Bharat FC.
25': SCORE LINE : Bharat FC 1-0 SALGAOCAR
24': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Bharat FC score goal through Subgash Singh off a shot of Bright which deflected from Subrata.
19': Attack of Salgaocar through Brian but Vignes blocked him.
18': Still no win of Bharat FC out of their last 4 matches. 2 drew and 2 lost.
16': In last match Bharat FC drew 1-1 against East Bengal while Salgaocar lost 0-3 to Mumbai FC.
8': Chance to Salgaocar throgh Brian.
7': YELLOW CARD - Ravanan of BFC for handling of Ball.
6': CHANGE - BFC : Bobby Hassell out and Vignesh in.
4': Free kick to Bharat, Nabi's kick no impact.
2': Left sided attack of Bhrat through Boko, corner to Bharat.
1': Match starts just now.
0': The match will start soon.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : PREVIEW : Confidence high in Bharat FC camp on eve of Salgaocar FC clash Bharat FC will take on Salgaocar FC in a Hero I-League round seven encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi on Sunday. The match will be telecast live on national television and will kick-off at 7 pm. Bharat FC currently occupy 10th place having earned two points from their four games while Salgaocar FC are sixth with eight points from their six games.

The Lions earned a creditable point against East Bengal FC last Sunday, coming back from a goal down to draw level and secure a point against a strong East Bengal FC side. Salgaocar FC on the other hand endured a 3-0 loss at the hands of Mumbai FC at Cooperage. While the mood in the Bharat FC camp is upbeat after a strong showing in Kolkata, head coach Stuart Watkiss said that his team will go out to pick up three points and not settle for anything less.

"We are entering a very crucial phase of our season. We have three home games in front of us and it is imperative that we post some good results in front of our fans. Salgaocar FC are a strong team but we will be going all out and we want a good result against the Goans," he said.

The Bharat FC team according to coach Watkiss has shown steady improvement with each game. The team began their season with a battling draw against Dempo SC before slipping to two narrow defeats against Royal Wahingdoh FC and Bengaluru FC. The Lions came roaring back in the following game against East Bengal FC, creating a number of chances at the Salt Lake stadium before settling for a draw.

Watkiss said that his team's display over the last two weeks and the increasing cohesion between his players has convinced him that the team is moving in the right direction. "We are executing the plans that we work on in training in actual match situations. We are passing the ball in more fluid fashion, completing almost 85 percent of our passes. All of this indicates that the side is coming along well," he said.

The head coach brushed aside speculation on his side being too defensive, saying that even with a lone striker, Bharat FC had been instrumental in creating multiple attacking opportunities. "Our five-man midfield allows us comprehensive time on the ball. Keeping the ball is something that I want this team to learn and they are slowly getting there. Kris (Bright) gets a bit isolated at times up-front but he has done very well to create opportunities and I am confident that my team can score a couple of goals every match even with just one out and out striker," he said.

The team had an intensive training session at the BharatiVidyapeeth football ground on Saturday and coach Watkiss will have all but one of his players available for selection on Sunday. DipenduDowary has a hamstring strain and the coaching staff will decide on the morning of the match after a fitness test whether he will play any part in the proceedings on Sunday.

Salgaocar FC, coached by Derrick Perreira, arrived in the city on Friday morning. The team from Goa has completed two training sessions and coach Perreira is confident that his team will put on a good show on Sunday. "We did not really play well against Mumbai FC. Though we created chances, we just could not convert them. I am confident in the ability of my players and I can feel that a good result is just around the corner," he said. Salgaocar FC have former Pune FC captain Douhou Pierre in their ranks and their talismanic striker, Darryl Duffy has been in good form coming into the game.

Perreira also said that though Bharat FC was a new side, they had enough experienced players to cause problems to the opposition. "From what we have seen, Bharat FC have not played bad football. Their players are gradually playing as a unit and they seem to hold their shape well. However, we believe that they are still not a settled side and we expect to get a good result against them with them still not having reached their peak," he said.