INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : ROYAL WAHINDOH DREW 1-1 WITH MUMBAI FC AT HOME.

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26.04.2015 : ROYAL WAHINDOH -- 1-1 -- MUMBAI FC (FT.)
ROL : KIM SONG YONG 59'
MFC : Joshimar 44'
MFC : Nidhin, Abranches, Bheke, Chika, Justin, Ashutosh, Rafi, Kutty Mani, Rane, Vashum, Josimar
ROL : Nikhil, Reagan, Lalchawnkima, Loveday, Govin, Naoba, Godwin, Jacki, Bekay, Densill, Kim
MFC PRESS RELEASE : A resilient Mumbai FC worked hard to share honours with Royal Wahingdoh, playing out a 1-1 draw in a 19th round I-League match played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong on Sunday. Mumbai FC's Brazilian striker Josimar Da Silva scored the opening goal of the match in 23rd minute before the Shillong club equalised through Kim Seong-Yong’s strike in the 59th minute. Playwin is the official sponsor of Mumbai FC.

This was an ideal result for the Mumbai side considering that they started their third game without coach Khalid Jamil, serving a 4-game suspension imposed by the AIFF, and their industrious midfielder Taisuke Matsugae, still recovering for a calf injury. The 1-1 stalemate was the third successive draw for the Mumbai club from away games after they had drawn against East Bengal and Sporting Clube Goa by identical margins in the earlier rounds.

Manager Henry Picardo, who made two changes to the starting line-up bringing in Colin Abranches and Reisangmi Vashum for Climax Lawrence and Abhishek Yadav, was very happy with the performance of the team and very satisfied with the draw. “The boys played really very well. They were impressive by playing good positive and constructive football. The draw was satisfying considering that Wahingdoh were trying to play for a win, which would have enhanced their points tally as they are in the race for the title,” stated Picardo after the game.

The exchanges initially were even before Mumbai FC managed to get an early goal when Mohammed Rafi crossed from the left and Josimar unchallenged at the far post headed firmly into the goal. However, Mumbai FC were not able to defend the advantage and conceded a soft goal by the hour mark. Following a floater from the right Mumbai FC's reliable goalkeeper misread the flight of the ball and provided Wahingdoh's Korean striker Kim a free header.

"We did well to take the lead but a slight lapse in concentration allowed them (Wahingdoh) to equalise and we had to settle for a point, which anyways is good for us and we now have to focus for our next match on May 2. That would give us sufficient time to recover after being on the road and playing 3 tough matches in 9 day," pointed out Picardo.

Mumbai FC with 16 points from 3 wins and 7 draws in 16 games are currently placed in 8th position, while Royal Wahingdoh with 27 points from 7 wins and 6 draws in 17 games have moved to 3rd place behind leaders Mohun Bagan (31 points) and Bengaluru FC (28 points). Mumbai FC will now return to base for a home fixture against table toppers Mohun Bagan on Saturday, May 2.

As a noble gesture the organisers and both the teams observed a minutes silence before the kick-off as a mark of respect for victims of the devastating earthquake which rocked Nepal and northern regions of India.

FT : Royal Wahindow hold Mumbai FC 1-1 at home. Jackichand Singh of Royal got Man of the Match award.
90': 4 MINUTE ADDED TIME.
87': Yellow card - MFC : Amoes who fouled Naoba.
86': CHANGE - MFC : Amos in Vasum out.
71': CHANGE - ROL :Seitya in and Bekay out.
59': GOAAAAAAAAAAL : 1-1. KIM SONG YONG through header.
44': GOAAAAAAAAAAL : Joshimar scored from a header for Mumbai FC.

PREVIEW - MFC PRESS RELEASE : A strong challenge awaits Mumbai FC as they prepare to take on Royal Wahingdoh, Shillong in an 19th round I-League match to be played at the Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, Assam on Sunday. Playwin is the official sponsor of Mumbai FC.

The Mumbai club, have done well exceptionally well in the last two away games against the formidable East Bengal and Sporting Clube de Goa, by snatching 1-1 draws in both encounters and manager Henry Picardo, who will be in charge of the team for the third successive time in the absence of coach Khalid Jamil, is confident his boys will rise to the challenge. Jamil is serving a four match suspension imposed by the AIFF following the incidents during the round 15 match against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru early this month.

"It's a very important match for both of us. We have to try and avoid a defeat against the north-eastern club to ensure that we stay in the middle of the table. On the other hand Wahingdoh, like a wounded tiger following a close 2-3 loss to Dempo SC in Goa earlier in the week, will be looking for redemption," said Picardo on the eve of the match.

"They (Royal Wahingdoh) will definitely play and try for a win against us as it would help them to stay with the lead pack. As such we have to have to play smart football, be very watchful and defend well as their forwards will be very robust in attack," mentioned Picardo.

Picardo lamented that they would once again miss their influential Japanese midfielder Taisuke Matsugae, who is not fully fit. The Mumbai FC midfielders have a very important role to play in both attack and defence to take the fight to their opponents, who are very quick on the counters. Picardo will bank on goalkeeper Nidhinlal A.C. and the defenders, stopper back Chika Wali and Justine Stephen to try and blunt the Wahingdoh attack. Wing backs Ashutosh Mehta and Rahul Bheke have both been outstanding in supporting the defence.

Picardo pointed out that unlike in the previous game the weather conditions in Guwahati is much better. "In the last game in Goa, the hot humid conditions had quite an impact on the boys as they were simply unable to play their normal game. But, here the weather is excellent and I expect a very good performance from the players," Picardo further stated.

Mumbai are currently placed in 8th position with 15 points with three wins from 15 matches, while Shillong club occupy the 4th position with 26 points with 7 wins, the last against leaders Mohun Bagan last week. The match at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati will kick-off at 4.30pm.