INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Mumbai FC hold Bengaluru FC 1-1 at home.
03.03.2015: MUMBAI FC --- 1-1
MFC : Joshimar Da Silva 49'
BFC : Eugeneson Lyngdoh 30'
MFC : Nidhin Lal, Justine, Ashutosh, Chika, Rahul Bheke, Rafi, Jayesh, Allan, Taisuke, Kuttymani, Joshimar,
BFC : Ralte, Rino, Shankar, Osano, Keegan, Thoi, Lyndoh, Bekhokhei, Rooney, Sunil.
MFC PRESS RELEASE : Goalkeeper Nidhinlal A.C. stole the thunder with some outstanding saves which helped Mumbai FC shared honours with Bengaluru FC in a 1-1 draw in an 8th round Hero I-League match, played at the floodlit Cooperage ground on Tuesday. This was the third successive stalemate between the two teams, who had also drawn both the legs last season.
Showing superb agility and excellent reflexes Nidhinlal time and again thwarted attempts from the visitors and restricted them to just one goal. The only time he was beaten was when Euneneson Lyngdoh scored for Bengaluru in the 30th minute. The goal came about when defender John Johnson sent a long ball to Sean Rooney down the middle.
Rooney trapped the ball and pushed it across for Lyngdoh who with a first timed swerving shot from the right side of the box comprehensively beat the outstretched hands of beat Nidhinlal who could only watch the ball dip into the far corner.
Earlier in the 12th minute, Mumbai FC created the first goal-scoring opportunity when Brazilian Josimar Da Silva picked up Jayesh Rane's pass before setting up Ashutosh Mehta. But the latter was foiled by Bengaluru goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte who charged out and cleared the ball for an abortive corner.
Nidhinlal made the first of his long series of saves in the 17th minute when he tipped over Rooney's snap shot from close and a little later coolly palmed away Thoi Singh's chip from the right. He continued to grow in confidence and with the defence a bit shaky he once again came to the rescue by denying Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri from adding to Bengaluruís lead.
03.03.2015: MUMBAI FC --- 1-1--- BENGALURU FC (FT..)
The Mumbai side came back strongly after the break and did not take much time to restore parity as Josimar from a setpiece headed home the equaliser in the 49th minute. Following a short flag-kick Ashutosh Mehta punted the ball across the rival area and Josimar rose above the defenders to firmly head past goalkeeper Ralte to bring cheer for the home supporters.
Thereafter the visitors pressed hard to score the winner but the Mumbai FC defence and in particular goalkeeper Nidhinlal ensured that there was no more damage to the citadel.
Nidhinlal seemed to have saved his best for last as In the second minute of additional three minutes Nidhinal stretched fully to his right to push away Rooney's header off Keegan Pereira free-kick. That attempt seemed to be a certain goal.
Referee Ajit Dutta's supervision of the match left much to be desired. He made quite a number of contentious decisions, which frustrated the players from both the teams.
FULL TIME Mumbai FC hold Bengaluru FC 1-1
90'+2':Keegan's cross, Rooney's header, but a brilliant save by Nidhin Lal.
90':3 minutes added time.
87':Players Change in Mumbai FC: Yadav in place of Md. Rafi.
84':Score remains still same.
76':Players Change in Mumbai FC: Shivalkar in place of Rahul Bheke.
68':Stephene looks injured, treatment going on. Match stopped.
67':Bekhokhei's cross, went wide
66':Eugeneson Lyndoh's long ranger from 25 yards, deflected and just wide. Corner to Bengaluru FC
65':Bekhokhei's cross, Sunil's flying header, Rahul blocked and finally Nidhin Lal save the ball.
59':Rooney's cross to Sunil and his pass to Bekhokhei to shoot but ball cleared.
55':Yellow Card: to Thoi for his bad tackle to Kuttymani.
54':Nearly a chance to Mumbai when Ralte's clearance finds Kuttymani, but his shot went wide.
52':Mumbai FC's move through Md. Rafi, Thoi cleared the ball
49':GOALLLLLLLLL Joshimar equalised for Mumbai FC. Ashutosh's cross and joshimer's header finds the net.
46':Second half resumed
HT : Bengaluru FC is leading 1-0.
45': Still Bengaluru FC is leading 1-0.
37': Chance to Bengaluru, Rino's cross and Sunil's volley missed the target.
31': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Bengaluru, Rooney's pass and Lyndoh scored.
30': No score . 0-0.
25': Attack of Bengaluru, Bekhokhi's shot went out.
21': Corner to BFC but Keegan's cross cleared.
17': Rooney's close shot Well Saved by Nidhinlal-PFC
Bengaluru FC up for challenge from resurgent Mumbai
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Westwood Says Result Will Take Care Of Itself If Performance Is Good As Cooperage Battle Beckons. Bengaluru FC renew hostilities with Mumbai FC when they take on the island city club at the refurbished Cooperage Stadium, in Mumbai, on Tuesday. While the Blues are coming into the game on the back of a dominant 1-3 win over Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC have won three games on the bounce and are within 3 points of the League champions, making the 7 pm kick-off one where neither team can afford a slip-up.
The teams have met twice last season where both results were draws (2-2 in Pune and 1-1 at Bengaluru) and Ashley Westwood believes that Mumbai FC will be anything but easy opponents. "They're in the middle of a good run and give everything they have till the final minute. Also, their coach has matured and doesn't seem to be resorting to the negative tactics they are often accused of employing which makes it a good game to be part of. As for my team, a good performance is what I am concerned about, the result will take care of itself," said the gaffer after a light training session, on Monday.
Midfielder Joshua Walker, who failed to recover in time for the game against Sporting Clube, could be in the reckoning. "Josh has been put through the paces today and we will take a call on his inclusion on the morning of matchday," said Westwood. However, Bengaluru will be certainly missing striker Robin Singh who picked up his fourth booking this season in the win on Saturday, leaving him suspended from this tie.
While it may have taken a bit for them to get off the blocks, Sunil Chhetri and Sean Rooney are both among the goals which augurs well for the visitors. In fact, it was Rooney's brace that sealed the points in Goa and Westwood had no doubt whatsoever that the Australian would fire sooner than later. "You need your big players to step up and deliver and that's exactly what Rooney has done," said Westwood.
Mumbai FC's return to Cooperage after a five-year gap didn't necessarily get off to the best possible starts but the Khalid Jamil-coached side have picked themselves up and strung a set of good results that sees them sitting on sixth on the table. Japanese midfielder Taisuke Matsugane, a summer signing, has been pulling all the right strings in midfield while Brazilian striker Josimar Martins has been among the goals for Mumbai. But Jamil feels his boys will have a task at hand when they square off on the pitch. "They are a stronger side physically and mentally and we need to play better to beat them," he said.