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I-League: Pune FC open home campaign in style, down Mohun Bagan 2-0

10.10.2013 : KFC. | HOME PAGE

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC opened their home I-League campaign in style defeating ten-man Mohun Bagan AC 2-0 in an I-League 2013-14 Round-4 encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi, Pune on Thursday. Second half strikes from substitute Thongkhosiem Haokip (72nd minute) and winger James Meyer (81st) handed Pune FC all three points. The visitors were reduced to ten men after defender Celestine Anyiche received his marching orders for a second bookable offence in the 53rd minute....... SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE PLAY BY PLAY

With this win Pune FC jump back to the second place with seven points from three games while Mohun Bagan drop to tenth place with two points from three games. Coach Mike Snoei made one change to the team that faced Shillong Lajong in Round 2 with striker Raul Fabiani - back after his suspension - replacing winger Velington Rocha.

The hosts went on the offensive straight from the word go and had attempts from midfielders Douhou Pierre and Arata Izumi blocked by the Bagan defense. Both sides thereafter settled into the game and kept on pushing for the opener. The hosts went close in the 28th minute when defender Gurjinder Kumar's brilliantly chipped cross into the box from the left found Fabiani, whose volley went just wide.

Seven minutes past the half-hour mark, Bagan went close through striker Eric Muranda. Playmaker Yusa Katsumi's freekick from the left flank was flicked on by the Pune FC defense and found Eric at the far post. However the Kenyan striker's attempt was saved brilliantly by Amrinder Singh.

The hosts went close a minute into first half when Fabiani's header off defender Calum Angus' corner went just over the horizontal. Both teams went into the break tied at goalless. The hosts had a close moment a minute into the second half when Bagan striker Eric pulled clear after 'keeper Amrinder misjudged a long ball and hit from inside the box. However defender Angus saved the day for Pune FC with a well-timed tackle to block the shot.

Six minutes into the half the visitors were reduced to ten men. Pune FC striker Fabiani tried to control a long ball ahead of Anyichie who went down claiming Fabiani's boot had struck him. However when the 6'6" tall Pune FC striker tried to show sportsman spirit by giving him a hand, the Nigerian hit him prompting the referee to show him his second yellow of the match.

Pune FC capitalized on their one-man-advantage and took the lead midway through the half. 20-year-old substitute striker Haokip - promoted from the academy and on for the injured Fabiani - headed in defender Angus' pinpoint freekick from the left flank at the far post to give Pune FC the lead. Ten minutes later, Meyer doubled Pune FC's advantage with a calm finish. Right-back Othallo Tabia's cross in from the right wasn't properly cleared and Meyer lurking in the box slotted home.

Substitute Anthony D'Souza, on for Nikhil Kadam, almost made it three in the final minute of the game for Pune FC. Haokip showed brilliant control in the box and laid off for Anthony whose curling shot was saved by Bagan keeper Sandip Nandy.

MATCH LIVE UPDATE - Jaydip Dasgupta

10.10.13: PUNE FC   2-0   Mohun Bagan (Pune - FT..)
PFC : T.Haokip 71', Meyor 78'
PFC : Amrinder, Othallo, Anas, Calum, Gurjinder, Mumtaz, Arata, Meyer, Douhou, Nikhil, Fabiani.
MMB : Sandip, Aibor, Eche, Kinshuk, Wahid, Denson, Yusa, Ram, Zakeer, Eric, Sabeeth.

FT : End of the match. Pune FC beat 10 men Mohun Bagan from 41 minuted by 2-0.
90+2': What a brilliant savbe of Sandip off Arata's shot from top of the box.
90': 3 minute added time.
88': Sandip dribbled in his own place and cleared a ball from Haokip.
85': Still Pune is leading 2-0 against 10 men Mohun Bagan from 51 minute.
84': Another shot of Meyer just went wide.
83': FREE kick for Pune out side of MMB box.
80': Pune Fc is leading 2-0.
78': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2nd goal of pune, Meyor scored from a missed clearence of Aibor and Roilson.
77': 10 men Mohun Bagan is fighting .
75': PLAYER CHANGE : MMB : Rowilson in Wahid out.
72': Pune is leading against 10 men Mohun Bagan.
71': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Aarata's free kick and Pune scored goal from a header of T.Haokip (Sub of Faviani).
70': Free kick for Pune.
68': Yellow card to Wahid to foul Angus.
66': Still 10 men fighting Mohun Bagan and scoreline is 0-0.
65': Angus got the opportuniti in MMb box but well saved.
60': Pune is now attacking more and more as MMB defender Eche is out.
58': Still 0-0 and Pune is 1 man advantage.
54': PLAYER CHANGE : MMB: Ram Malik out and Nicolou Borges in.
54': Mohun Bagan now go down to 10 men.
52': RED CARD : Two Yellow Card and finally red card to Eche by Referee. But Faviani? No punishment?
51': Dangerious play of Faviani who fouled Eche. His left foot hits Eche's head when he was going to receive an Arial ball.
50': Still no score in the match.
48': Denson injured when a tackle with Arata. He is under treatment in outside of the field.
47': What chance missed by Bagan, Eric got the ball in PFC, one to one with GK but his shot blocked timely from Calum came fron behind.
46': 2nd half match is going to start now.
HT : No score in first half.
time by ref C.R. Srikrishna.
45': 1 minute addde 45': Still 0-0.
44': Arata's corner kick and Faviani's header went wide over the cross bar.
43': Well attack of PFC, Eche finally cleared for corner.
40': 0-0 is the scoreline.
40': Yellow card to Eche of MMB
39': Free kick to PFC as Eche fouled Faviani, Arata took the shot, went to Sandip.
36': Free kick of Yusa went to Eche but his header nice saved by Arminder.
35': Another Free kick for Bagan as Yusa was fouled in left of Pfc Box.
33': Denson's shot cleared deflected shot of Eric went wide.
32': Free kick for MMB, As Arata fouled Ram Malik from behind.
30': Bagan attacked in left Yusa to Sabeeth to yusa again but ball cleared from Pune box.
28': Denson fouled Douhou from behind.
27': Attacck of PFC, Nikhils's cross and Faviano's left footer went out from a close in the box.
25': 0-0 is the scoreline.
24': MMB attacked from left, Eric to Yusa to Eric again but his poor shot cleared.
20': 0-0 is the scoreline.
18': Eric to Yusa in left but he holds ball much more time and ball tackled by defenders of pune.
16': Eric to Yusa but he was unable to controol the ball.
15': Douhou's effort dismissed by denson.
12': Nikhil's shot from left went to Sandip's hand.
10': Still no score.
10': Wahid's throw in from right cleared by Anas from box.
8': Eche well cleared a ball from Faviano in box.
7': Throw in for PFC, Cleared.
5': 0-0 is the scoreline.
4': Goal kick for Bagan, Sandip passed in right.
2': Pune atacked through Nikhil, Eche blocked him.
1': Match starts at Pune.

I-League: Bengaluru FC's dream run continues Beat Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 To Stay On Table Top

10.10.2013 : KFC. | HOME PAGE


BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC made it three wins in as many games and continued their unbeaten stay on the top of the I-League table with a 2-1 win over Mohammedan Sporting, at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Thursday. Bengaluru FC's opening goal had a very familiar story that's bordering on the famous now. A corner won in the 12th minute saw the hard-working Beikhokhei Beingaichho whip in a delightful ball that Johnson sent crashing home. Johnson was at it again minutes later, releasing Thoi Singh with a perfect ball only for the winger to falter with the cross....... SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE PLAY BY PLAY

If Beingaichho's delivery from the corner was precise, his setting up of Bengaluru's second goal was sheer gumption. Sent into space on the right, the winger darted down, took out a defender with some skill and sent in the perfect cross for Sean Rooney to calmly place his header at the back of the net.

Mohammedan, without the injured and influential Luciano Sabrosa, had their best chance in the half when Josimar Martins found himself in the box with the ball only to fire tamely at Pawan Kumar. The Kolkata club threw in a recharged second half show where Ashley Westwood brought on Sunil Chhetri and Rino Anto for Malemnganba Meitei and Vishal Kumar respectively. Mohammedan started attacking with more purpose and Josimar, who looked like the only player from the opposition to score, justified his bulky frame while heading home from a corner in the 78th minute.

But while you would have thought that the hosts would sit tight and defend, Westwood's third change - Robin Singh - made sure that wasn't the case. The India striker found himself on goal as many as four times in 20 minutes but acute angles and stubborn defending denied him. The half kept getting faster and the ball was won and lost in the middle rather regularly. But Bengaluru FC kept their nerves to make sure they walked off the pitch with tree points.

Coach Westwood wasn't surprised by the way Mohammedan tried turning things around post the break. "I knew and also mentioned the other day that they would be a tough team. They will be winning more games than losing," said Westwood who was pleased that his boys earned the win without any drama.Bengaluru FC has a little less than two weeks before they host Dempo in a Round 5 fixture. The clubs leads the points table with 10 from four games and are yet to taste defeat in what seems to be a fairytale start to its debut I-League season.

GO LIVE PLAY by PLAY - Ricki Chatterjee

10.10.13: Bengaluru FC   2-1   Mohammedan SC (BNG - FT.)
BEN : Johnson 12', Rooney 28'
MSC : Joshimar 78'
MSC : Sukhbinder, Dhanarajan, Sandeep, Collin, Rakesh, Gagandeep, Samson, Penn, Zerry, Tolgay, Joshimar.
' BFC : Pawan, Keegan, Curtis, Jonson, Vishal, Metei, Darren, Bekhokhei, Jonny, Thoi, Rooney.

FT : Match end. Bengaluru FC beat Mohammedan SC 2-1 at home.
90': 4 minute added time.
82': Good chance to Robin Singh but his left footer from left of the box went wide.
78': Now the score line is 2-1 for BFC.
77': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Josimar scored through a header for MSC off a cross of Paite.
46': PLAYER CHANGE- MSC : Paite in and Jerry out.
75': Robin Singh scored a goal but it was offside.
75': Sandeep Sangha cleared a ball from their box.
71': PLAYER CHANGE- BFC :Bekhokhei out and Robin Singh in.
70': Corner kick of Bekhokhei cleared.
70': Goal missed by Rooney, His one to one left footer well saved by Sukhbinder for corner.
68': Sandeep Sangha's shot cleared.
67': Yellow card to Sunil Chhetri to foul Ajay Singh of MSC, Free kick for MSC.
66': Still 2-0 scoreline for BFC.
65': Samsung's shot well saved by Pawan.
61': Corner for BFC from Bekhokhei attack from right, Corner kick cleared.
57': Long cross of Penn went to Pawan's hand.
53': Still 2-0 is the scoreline for Bengaluru FC.
49': Well cross of Tolgey and attempt of Joshimar but his poor head went to Pawan.
47': Attack of MSC, Joshimar to Tolgey but Rino cleared.
46': PLAYER CHANGE- BFC : Vishal Kumar out and Rino Anto and Sunil Chhetri in Meetei out.
46': PLAYER CHANGE- MSC: Gagandeep out and Ajay Singh in.
46': 2nd half start HT : It's half time now. BFC is leading 2-0.
45': 1 minute added time.
41': Still BFC is leading 2-0.
40': PAwan well saved in advance from Tolgey.
38': TOlgey's kick deflected from human wall.
36': Cortis fouled Joshimar in the box, Ref Shown Yellow Card and awarded a Free kick for MSC just out side of BFC box.
35': Yellow card to Penn of MSC.
30': Chance missed by Joshimar in box from a pass of Tolgey from right.
28': Bengaluru is leading 2-0 now.
27': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Rooney scores 2nd goal for Bengaluru from a close header.
25': Still BFC is leading 1-0.
23': Free kick for MSC, Tolgey's poor grounder shot cleared.
20': Penn's Free kick went to Pawan's hand.
20': Keegan blocked Zerry's attack from right for a foul.
17': Joshimar got a ball in BFC box but ball went to keeper.
15': Zerry's attack dismissed by BFC defence for a throw in.
12': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL John Jonson scored goal from a brilliant header off a corner.
10': 0-0 is the scoreline.
9': Good attack of Bengaluru, Meetei shot from close went wide.
6': Pawan kumar keeper of Bengaluru well saved the corner from Dandeep Sangha.
4': Corner for MSC from Toplgey's attack from left. John Jonson prevented him.
3': Rooney got a chance from right flank but his cross went to Keeper of MSC.
3': Match starts at Bengaluru.

I-League: Rangdajied United Hold Defending Champions To A Draw

10.10.2013 : KFC. | HOME PAGE


RUFC PRESS RELEASE : The Rangdajied United FC versus Churchill Brothers SC encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Thursday ended with a 1-1 draw. Team Rangdajied is happy with the result but the happiest of all were the crowds, who were treated with an exciting game of football.

The Rangdajied United skipper Eugeneson Lyngdoh gave the home team a lead in the 25th minute just to be cancelled out two minutes later by Balwant Singh. Booming with confidence, the host were right into business, creating two dangerous chances within the first two minutes. First captain Eugeneson Lyngdoh's freekick almost beat Arindam Bhattachary, who had to stretched full length to keep the ball out for a corner.

The ensuing corner by Timothy Lugun was again dangerously headed by David Ngaihte which was deflected off for the 2nd corner. Keeping the pressure on, the home team came close to scoring again in the 9th minute, when a melee inside the box gave Restomwell a chance to have a sneak at the goal. But Arindam came to his team's rescue again.

Just two minutes later, David Ngaihte, the livewire on the team, had another go at the goal when he blasted in a powerful right footer that just missed the right post by an inch. Just a minute later, the Man of the Match, Eugeneson Lyngdoh created space for Sandesh Gadkari to run down the field. Sandesh passed the ball to Restomwell Khriam to the right, whose cross was brilliantly collected by the Churchill custodian.

With crowds continuing to pour in and floodlights slowly taking over, the match became more lively and fast, much to the delight of the crowd, who came in numbers, after the Rangdajied coach Santosh Kashyap had appealed to them on Wednesday. Churchill however were threatening occasionally. In one such instance, they stitched together series of passes before Hugo took a shot from just outside the box to be comfortably collected by Surjay Pariyar.

But the crowd burst into joy in the 25 minute when Eugeneson blast the ball past the Churchill keeper from inside the box to rattle the side netting. The joy however, was short live as Churchill were lucky to level the scoring through Balwant Singh two minutes later off a freekick by Hugo. The match went into the lemon-break with the score board reading 1-1.

Rangdajied once again began the 2nd half with a bang, with David Ngaihte proving to be a thorn for the Goan defenders. In one solo effort, Ngaihte dribbled past three defenders from the left wing to just outside the box, before his right footed shot, went whistling past the woodwork.

The crowds had not settled down yet, but David had another go at the goal in the 52nd minute from the 25 yards. The ball hit the right post to bounce back into play, which was comfortably cleared by the Churchill defenders. Uffff..was the only sound heard, as the crowd could just not believed what happened.

Three minutes later, Churchill got a freekick from the danger area. Hugo took the shot past the wall and the ball dangerously dipped but just to hit the crossbar as it went out of play. Churchill there after created few more scoring chances, courtesy the brilliance of Hugo and Hammed, but they just couldn't beat the Rangdajied custodian, who had a good day in the office.

In the 78th minute, the visitors played some brilliant one touch pass from the centre of the field to the box but failed to do what matters the most, score. With time running out, RUFC pressed harder for the deserving winner. Ngaihte, once again came close to scoring what could be the winner, when his left footed shot from inside the box hit the post and went out of play.

The game ended 1-1 as the happy Rangdajied team exchanged greetings with each other and remained on the field for long time, thanking the fans and well wishers. Rangdajied now have two points from four outings and remained unbeaten at home.