I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : 2nd win of Bharat FC beat sportinh Goa at home

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04.03.2015 : BHARAT FC -- 1-0 -- SPORTING GOA (FT.)
BFC : Mehrajuddin 58'
BFC : Arindam, Ravanan, Gourmangi, Mehraj, Nabi, Bobby, Boco, Tomba, Lester, Subhash, Bright.
SCG : Lalit, Pratesh, Mauvin, Rojen, Cajetan, Kalu, Jovel, Jhingan, Garcia, Joyner, Victorino,

BFC PRESS RELEASE :A highly disciplined and attractive performance from Bharat FC saw them down Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in a Hero I-League round 9 clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Mhalunge-Balewadi on Wednesday night. Defender MehrajuddinWadoo's 58th minute goal was enough to give Bharat FC three points in a match that the Lions controlled for large chunks.

The victory saw Bharat FC climb to eighth position in the Hero I-League with eight points from seven games. The 1-0 defeat ensured that Sporting Clube de Goa remained rooted to the bottom of the table, having collected just three points from their eight games.

In a nervy opening, Bharat FC conceded a couple of soft free kicks in the first five minutes but Sporting were unable to take advantage of these openings. In the eighth minute, Lester Fernandez, operating on the right as part of a forward trio, put in a delightful cross for Kris Bright who tried valiantly but could not manage to get past the central defensive duo. Just a couple of minutes later, Tomba Singh, handed his first start of the season managed to release RomualdBoco down the right. The Beninese midfielder controlled the ball beautifully, cut inside the Sporting box and tried to place his shot in the far corner. Though the well-struck shot evaded LalitThapa's outstretched dive, it whistled just past the far post.

In the 20th minute, the three Bharat FC central midfielders, Boco, Tomba and Bobby Hassell, combined beautifully, taking almost 20 sublime touches before Tomba was released down the center. The midfielder advanced a few yards and pulled the trigger from 25 yards out. The swerving shot seemed to cause some confusion in goalkeeper Thapa's mind but ultimately the ball sailed over the cross-bar.

The hardworking Lions created a spate of chances in the next 15 minutes before Kris Bright's header off Hassell's free kick was just about gathered by a scrambling Thapa. The remaining 10 minutes saw Sporting being continually pushed back into their half but the goal remained elusive.

The all-important opener arrived in the 58th minute off a wonderfully worked set-piece. The hardworking Lester Fernandez managed to win a corner after SandeshJhingan abruptly hacked away a curling cross. Fernandez's perfectly weighted corner was put in the center of the box and the right-back MehrajuddinWadoo arrived just in time to power an unstoppable header past Thapa and into the roof of the net. What was most impressive about the entire move was that Wadoo started his run a good 25 yards away from goal, managed to find his way into the box unmarked and effected a great connection.

Sporting had a couple of good chances to level scores in the last twenty minutes. Substitute Beevan D'Mello was fed after some inspired running from captain Miguel Garcia. D'Mello found himself in a yard of space on the left of the Bharat FC penalty area but his stinging low drive was saved in spectacular fashion by Arindam Bhattacharya.

In the 84th minute, Arindam was once again Bharat FC's savior as he once again dived full length to his right to get a strong hand on Rowllin Borges' shot from 10 yards out. Anthony Wolfe was unable to bury the rebound and Bharat FC managed to see out the remainder of the match to pick up their second home win.

FT : Bharat FC win the match 1-0.
58': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Mehrajuddin scored for Bharat FC.
HT : SCORE LINe : 0-0.
32': SCORE LINE IS 0-0.
11': Chance to Bharat FC as Tomba Singh passed a ball to Boco in right but Boco missed the target.
10': Scoreline is 0-0.

PREVIEW : BFC PRESS RELEASE : Increased attacking penetration coupled with a surge in commitment is what Bharat FC's head coach Stuart Watkiss expects from his side as the Lions take on Sporting Clube de Goa in a Hero I-League round 9 encounter at home in Pune. The match will kick-off at 7 pm at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi.

Bharat FC went down to Mumbai FC in their last encounter at home, slipping to a 0-2 defeat on Friday. Before that, the Lions had recorded their first ever win in the I-League, recording a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Goan heavyweights, Salgaocar FC. Bharat FC are currently 10th on the 11-team Hero I-League table, having garnered five points from six games. Bharat FC's opponent's on Wednesday, Sporting Clube de Goa, occupy the last spot on the table. Sporting have three points from seven games and are the only team in the I-League to have not secured a win so far this season.

Bharat FC underwent an intensive training session at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Tuesday morning and head coach Watkiss said that he expected his team to dust the defeat against Mumbai off and focus on the job at hand. "We all know we did not play well against Mumbai FC. However, we cannot let that burden our minds. We know that we have got enough in the tank to get good results at home and I have told the lads just that. We have worked on a few things in training and I am hopeful that we can execute these things on the pitch on Wednesday night," he said.

Bharat FC will welcome back talismanic midfielder, Bobby Hassell, to the match-day squad while G Vignesh and DharmarajRavanan return from a one-match suspension that caused them to miss the clash against Mumbai FC. Coach Watkiss said that the trio's return will give his side a welcome boost. "Bobby (Hassell), Vignesh and Ravanan are good players and play important roles in the team. The guys who stepped in for them during the last match have done a good job but I am happy that I will again have a full strength squad to choose from. Ravanan's return helps us immensely because he has settled well with Gouramangi (Singh) in the center of our defense and we will be back with our first-choice pairing," he said.

Syed Rahim Nabi said that the defeat against Mumbai had served as a wake-up-call to and he was confident of his teammates putting up an improved show against Sporting on Wednesday. "We have had time to analyze our mistakes. The coach has explained to us where we went wrong against Mumbai. The boys were disappointed with the result and everyone is fired up to give a much better performance and repay the faith that the coach has placed in us," he said.

Mateus Costa, the Sporting Clube de Goa head coach said that he was looking forward to a challenging and exciting match. "We have seen Bharat FC play and they look quite an organized team. We have made certain plans and I am confident that my team is up for the challenge," he said. Sporting played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Balewadi stadium in round 6 against Pune FC and Costa said that the experience of playing in Pune earlier in the season would come in handy for his side.

Bharat FC's Watkiss though is confident of his team's chances, but stressed that his team needs to play more effective football. "We need to keep the ball, dictate the play. Against Mumbai, we had possession of the ball but we often gave it away before we could create a good opening. We need to stay focused on the job at hand. The team has trained well, there is a new energy in this team and I am sure Bharat FC will put in an enthusiastic performance tomorrow night," he said.