Sunday, 19 April 2015

VIDEO: Delhi Dynamos FC's Open Football Trials gets whopping response!

As SportsGuerilla reports, Indian Super League franchise Delhi Dynamos FC kicked-off their grassroots program for 2015 with an open trial in the national capital. The trials witnessed a whopping turnout with over 1,500 kids from across north India taking part.

Here link to the report: Delhi Dynamos FC successfully hold Open Football Trials in the capital!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

I-League: Winless Sporting Clube de Goa take on Salgaocar FC in Goan derby!

Bottom of the table Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Salgaocar FC in the I-League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Sunday evening. The kick off time is 7pm and the match is being televised Live on TEN Action.

In their last match Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a goalless draw by high flying Royal Wahingdoh FC, while Salgaocar FC on the other hand were defeated 0-1 by Pune FC.

Sporting Goa had strengthened their squad over the course of the season, but they still are winless after having played 13 matches and relegation fears are growing with each passing winless match.

Sporting Goa is currently bottom of the table on seven points from thirteen matches, while Salgaocar FC are on 14 points from 12 games.

I-League: Ten-men Pune FC down ten-men Dempo SC 2-1; move up to third!

Ten-men Pune FC kept their composure and bounced back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 win over ten-men Dempo SC in an I-League Round-17 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Saturday evening.

In a high octane clash, striker Darko Nikac (9th minute) put Pune FC in the lead before Lalrempuia Fanai doubled the advantage in the 67th minute. Substitute Tolgay Ozbey pulled one back for the hosts in the 69th minute but the goal proved to be only a consolation. The game also saw two red cards with Dempo's Prabir Das (26th minute) and Pune FC's Dhanpal Ganesh (72nd) sent off in either half.

Meanwhile, the three points earned took Pune FC's tally to 23 points as they moved up to the third place in the table. On the other hand, Dempo (13 pts) dropped down to 8th place in the standings.

Going into the game, Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa made four changes handing starts to Srikanth Ramu, Munmun Lugun, Dhanpal Ganesh and Prakash Thorat.

After a few half chances at either end, Pune FC broke the deadlock in the 9th minute. On a breakaway move, Arata Izumi found Prakash clear on the left flank who in turn played Munmun clear down the wing. The left-back curled in a low cross at the first post to Ryuji Sueoka who failed to get a good touch. However, Darko following up in the box fired home the stray ball from close range to put Pune FC in the lead.

Thereafter, both sides pushed up with a few attacks in the rival third. While, Pune FC opted to build through quick passes in the midfield, Dempo went for the long balls but either side couldn't penetrate the defensive line and stayed stuck in the midfield. The hosts went close in the 26th minute when Carlos Hernandez let fly from distance. The Costa-Rican's swerving shot was palmed away by a great diving save from keeper Amrinder Singh. A minute later, the hosts went down to ten-men when defender Prabir Das was sent off by referee Ranjit Bakshi for dissent in the 27th minute.

Ten minutes later, Pune FC once again went close through play maker Sueoka. This time after a series of more than fifty passes in the midfield, a long ball from the Amrinder was flicked on by Sueoka to Darko on the run. The Montenegrin ran clear on the left and cut back for Sueoka whose low drive went wide.

In the final minutes of the half, Dempo had a great chance after some poor play from the Pune FC backline who gave away the ball cheaply outside the box on the right. Lenny Rodrigues capitalised and found Jewel Raja inside the box. The midfielder turned and attempted a curler at the far post but keeper Amrinder once again produced a fantastic save to keep the scores unchanged going into the breather.

The second half began with some end to end action from the opening minute. For Pune FC, Prakash put one back in the net from a header in the 47th minute on Lalrempuia's cross in from the right only to be pulled up for a foul. Meanwhile, the hosts were denied two minutes later when Carlos' shot from inside the box was blocked just outside the goalline by Anas Edathodika. The game had turned physical with both sides being involved in a lot of fouls. For Pune FC, defender Srikanth Ramu and striker Darko went into the book in the opening quarter of the second half.

As the game entered the final twenty-five minutes, it exploded with action. First, it was Pune FC who doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Lalrempuia picked up the ball on the midfield and ran clear towards the right. With no defender closing him down he hit a dipping shot at the far post which bounced inside the box and hit the vertical before going in past an outstretched Laxmikant Kattimani. Two minutes later, Dempo pulled one back when substitute Tolgay capitalised on the Pune FC defence's failure to clear the line and slotted home from close range.

Three minutes later, medio Ganesh was sent off for a second bookable offense after he fouled Carlos outside the box. The red card was his second this season and an immediate one after coming back from a two-game suspension for his first red in the game against Bharat FC (April 4).

Despite being down to ten men in the final quarter, both sides continued to attack. While Dempo had a better share of possession, Pune FC managed to keep the pressure and hold on for a 2-1 win.

I-League: East Bengal denied win by Mumbai FC, have to settle for 1-1 draw!

East Bengal Club's small high of an winning run was halted by Mumbai FC at the Saltlake Stadium this afternoon with a one-all draw between the two sides.

East Bengal's Eelco Schattorie picked Luis Xavier Barreto to start in goal for the Red and Golds while Leo Bertos started on the left of midfield. Meanwhile Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil was in the stands as he was serving the first of his four match ban. Josimar and Abhishek Yadav led the line while Climax Lawrence started in midfield.

It was a dull encounter as a midfield scrap was all we got with neither teams making any inroads into the opposition half. A half chance in the 28th minute was all the game had when it came to attacking opportunities. Leo Bertos had played Harmanjot Singh Khabra just outside the box with a lovely pass. Khabra controlled it well but his half volley went just wide off a diving Nidhin Lal in goal.

It was Jamil's men who took an unexpected lead in the 33rd minute as Josimar converted a penalty by putting it into the top corner. It all came about after Khabra handled the ball in the box, following a Climax Lawrence free-kick.

The second half could have got off to a rollicking start after Jayesh Rane almost got on the end of a long ball in the box but Robert Lalthlamuana recovered at the opportune moment. The home side scored the equalizer from a similar free-kick position. Robert swung it in from the right which Dudu headed in powerfully, to the right of Nidhin Lal.

Cavin Lobo came close to get the lead in the 65th minute after chesting down a diagonal from Ranty Martins Soleye. He took a touch to set himself up but his shot came off the crossbar, with Nidhin Lal well beaten.

In the 71st minute, Ranty was brought down by an advancing Nidhin Lal and the referee awarded a spot kick. The Nigerian himself stepped up but his weak shot saw Nidhin Lal parrying it away only for Dudu to completely scuff the rebound.

Mumbai FC themselves had a chance to win the match in the 78th minute after Rane broke down the left before playing it onto Taisuke Matsugae who had come on. The Japanese swiveled past two defenders before his shot towards the far corner was acrobatically saved by Luis Barreto. The scoreline stayed the same as East Bengal's winning run was broken.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

I-League: Royal Wahingdoh score late 3-2 winner over Mohun Bagan!

Royal Wahingdoh FC broke Mohun Bagan AC's unbeaten streak with a thrilling 3-2 win over the visitors at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Saturday and announced their title ambition with a force stronger than ever.

Naoba Singh's superb long-range strike in the last minute of the game proved to be decisive for the hosts who rallied back twice to tame the table-toppers whose dream to extend the lead at the top of the table in Shillong remained unfulfilled. Post the win the Royals are sitting pretty at the second spot in the standings with 26 points from 15 games, while Mohun Bagan are still at the top with 28 points from 13 games.

While Balwant Singh gave the visitors the breakthrough in the 8th minute the hosts struck back through Jackichand Singh in the 60th minute. Sony Norde then struck the second for the Mariners in the 80th minute. However, an 86th minute penalty converted by Densill Theobald following a hand ball by Balwant saw the hosts restore parity once again. But it was Naoba Singh who hit the final nail in the coffin for the Mariners striking as late as the 90th minute to take his side home.

Earlier, the Royals saw a couple of chances go begging within the first five minutes of play and eventually found themselves trailing as early as the 8th minute of the game when Mohun Bagan scored against the run of play. The hosts created two good chances within the first four minutes with Jackichand Singh in the thick of action on both occasions. In the third minute Densill spotted Jacki at the front from the centre. The Manipuri raced forward and tapped the ball to Kim Song Yong whose shot went just wide of the nets. In the next minute Jackichand Singh was found guilty of hitting the side of the nets when a well placed ball found him on the left.

In the 8th minute, Balwant was spotted by a Denson Devadas long ball on the right. The Mariners No. 15 then took advantage of a defensive lapse to convert as the defenders were found out of place inside the circle. With just the advancing goalie to beat, Balwant made no mistake to hit the far left corner of the nets. Mohun Bagan almost doubled the lead in the 15th minute but the Katsumi Yusa strike at the nets was disallowed for being off side.

Though Mohun Bagan had taken the lead, the hosts were relentless in their efforts and created a flurry of chances. A brilliant free-kick by Lalmangaihsanga was deflected by Debjit Mazumdar and a lurking Jackichand was two steps too many in the front to convert of the rebound in the 36th minute. Barely four minutes later, a Bekay Bawar screamer at the net was saved by a diving Debjit. The teams, however, went into the break with Mohun Bagan retaining their one-goal lead.

Crossing over, Mohun Bagan were frequently pushed back and the hosts' resilience was rewarded at the stroke of the hour when Jackichand struck to equalize for the Royals. Jackichand seized on a brilliant pass-back to him from Beekay Bewar, who was first to a Naoba Singh cross. The 'Shillong Messi's' right foot smack hit the back of the net sending the crowd into raptures.

Just when the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Mohun Bagan's Sony Node struck from almost nowhere in the 80th minute. The dangerous striker was left unmarked on the left and he breezed forward from the centre to eventually curl in a right footer to beat the hapless Nikhil Bernard.

However, parity was soon restored. In the 86th minute a silly handball by Balwant, who later protested his innocence, saw Royal Wahingdoh get a penalty which was converted by Theobald to put the match on level terms again. Balwant, meanwhile, was shown a red card for charging at the referee a couple of minutes later. Mohun Bagan, thus were down to 10-men and the hosts made full use of the situation to score the equaliser in the 90th minute. A smashing drive from almost 25 yards by Naoba Singh saw Debjit being reduced to a mere spectator as the Royals won on the night.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)