Mumbai thumps in three goals against Kenkre in their return to Cooperage.
27.10.2014: Mumbai FC Press Release : Mumbai FC made easy work of their first game in the MDFA Elite Division match against Kenkre FC as they won the game 3-0 at Cooperage Football Stadium, Mumbai. Two first half strikes from Cletus Paul and a second half goal from Allan Dias were enough to seal the win against Kenkre. The game started with Mumbai attacking from North to South. Mumbai were dominating the game on the off as the players piled attack after attack in the first few minutes. The easiest of the chances fell to Mumbai's winger Abhishek Ambekar, who missed from close range. Another chance fell to Cletus Paul as John whipped in a delightful cross which only required a tap in to get Mumbai FC into the lead.
Eventually the goal came in the 15th minute as Allan, John, Pradeep and Taisuke combined with John crossing the ball inside the box and Cletus finishing with ease.
Post the goal, the Mumbai players started to hold and pass the ball around, looking increasingly threatening with each forward pass. Cletus, who was the focal point for most attacks by Mumbai, received a steady stream of precision passes from the midfield. He headed in a cross from the left which beat the Kenkre keeper but the ball unfortunately hit the bar.
Kenkre launched a rare attack from the right but the ball was easily cleared by Mumbai FC Center Back, Kali Alaudeen. Left Back, Allan Dias, was a constant threat on the left wing and combined really well with John Coutinho as Mumbai FC dominated the game. Mumbai had the lions share of possession as Taisuke Matsugae and Pradeep Mohanraj controlled the midfield breaking Kenkre attacks with ease and creating chances for the players ahead of them.
The second goal came in the 39th minute after a run of passes from the Mumbai players as Cletus was sent through on goal and scored with a delightful chip. The first half ended 2-0 in favour of Mumbai FC.
The second half saw an energetic opening few minutes as the pumped up Kenkre players came onto the field to make amends to their earlier performance. Both teams were vying for the ball as game observed some end to end stuff.
Mumbai eventually started dominating possession and were passing the ball around fluently creating space and chances but failing to get that third goal. An altercation in the 70th minute saw a Kenkre player being sent off for improper conduct. A few minutes later Allan Dias got into the refereeís book (yellow card) for shooting the ball even though he was adjudged offside.
The third goal came from a corner in the 83rd minute as Allan Diasí spectacular effort put the ball in. The match ended with Mumbai FC having visibly dominated the game and came out as deserving winners.
Mumbai FC returns to Cooperage Football Stadium
26.10.2014: Mumbai FC Press Release : It is homecoming for Mumbai FC! It will play at its home ground after a gap of four years against Kenkre FC in the ongoing MDFA Elite Division league. The last time the I-League club played a match at Cooperage was on 28th May 2010 where they defeated Mohun Bagan 2-0 courtesy two first half goals from Abhishek Yadav.
Atul Badgamia, the Dy. Vice President of Mumbai FC, was delighted on having the club playing at Cooperage again. "This is a historic stadium with a legacy of more than hundred years of Indian Football and has been a breeding ground for legends. Itís been a long time and playing at the beautiful Cooperage Stadium has always been an honor for our club and players.
We call all our fans to come and cheer for their own club, Mumbai FC. Hopefully, WIFA will soon get the necessary permissions, so that we can host the eagerly waiting football enthusiasts of Mumbai at the real home of Maharashtra Football. The team really needs to play their Elite Division and I-League games at Cooperage."
Mumbai FC's first match is on 27th October against Kenkre FC, who will prove to be a stern test for the Mumbai boys. Jamil said, "Mumbai is the biggest football playing district in India and the MDFA Elite Division League is one of the toughest local football leagues in the country. We have top I-League I and Division II clubs along with the likes of Air India and ONGC who have players of top quality in their ranks and make formidable opponents.
The game against Kenkre will be our first official competitive game in season 2014-15 and provides us a great opportunity to kick start our pre-season. These Elite Division games will help the team gain necessary momentum and build an understanding with each other. We go into the game looking for nothing less than a win."
He added, "The interlude has affected us a lot, both in terms of performances as well as money. I am sure the players will be really happy to play at Cooperage, especially the players who belong to Mumbai. Cooperage is our home ground and I hope that we get an opportunity to play all our I-League home matches here."
The match against Kenkre FC also marks Mumbai FC's return to the MDFA Elite division after a 2 year gap which occurred due to commitments to play in national tournaments like the I-League.
KICK-OFF: 27th October 2014, 4:00 pm