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The Final Countdown- TAL Season 3

Standings and results from the 3rd season of The Amateur League football after Gameweek 9.

Action from The Amateur League Season 3, week 9.

With only two weeks left to go in both divisions, things are heating up in the relegation and promotion battles as well as a five-way title race in Division 2. Parikrma has dominated Division 1 in their first season in the upper echelons of TAL and still haven’t lost a game after 9 rounds.  The inaugural ‘play-off fixture’ for the final spot of promotion makes things more interesting as the highest placed relegation team in Division 1 plays the Division 2 team in the lowest placed promotion spot to determine which team plays in Division 1 next season.

Division 1

Parikrma have taken the division by storm and have a chance to win the title with a game to spare. Chiranjeevi Murugan and Nikhil Gopal have been the standout performers while coach/player Ravi Babu has pulled the strings in midfield with great expertise. Season 1 winner Horizons FC slumped to a surprise defeat against Flipkart FC in GW 9 handing the title to Parikrma who now boast a four-point lead at the top with only two games to go.  Barry Anand and Rohan Menon have played well in defence while Saarang Ganapathi has had a decent season in midfield, but Horizons in general have had a below par season.

Supernova FC have had a topsy-turvy season, from initially being strong contenders for the title to holding onto a top three finish. Their hard fought duel against Parikrma in GW 9 showed they do have the quality to compete with the best. Adrian Silvester has been a rock in defence while Mica Levy and Nitin Baros are a dangerous front line on their day. Flipkart FC have rebounded from a slow start to the season to rise to fourth, the position they finished in Season 2. Pavan Powar has arguably been one of the best forwards in the league while Mujtabha Magrey and Sudeep Dutta have complemented him perfectly.

Yataghan Internazionale have had their most consistent season to date and are still vying for that top-three finish. Games against imploding Gremio and Mercurial in their final two games represent an opportunity to finish the season on a high note. The versatile Andreas Lehmann has been outstanding for them wherever he has played while Rob Fielder has added a sense of composure to the team whenever he has played.  Project 7 have tapered off after a strong start to the season and are clinging on for a top half finish. Rahul Dewan, Sandeep Kudva and Aditya Singh have formed a good midfield partnership while Prithvi Sagar and Nishcal Naidu have been effective when on the pitch. 

Rare Dare FC have roared back into form with wins against Samba, Gremio and FCKK while also managing a draw against Supernova. Avinash H and Don Bernard have been excellent in attack while Steven Harole has controlled the midfield well. FC Kougen Kikou seemed to have escaped the clutches of relegation with back-to-back wins including a 4-3 thriller against Gremio but are still in mathematical contention for that dreaded 10th place. Yasuhiro Nishino’s return to the squad after a lengthy injury absence has boosted the team morale while Hiroki Akiyima and Hirose Ito have stood up when needed. Samba FC have had a disappointing season and have failed to click on attack. Their defence has been staunch with their back four playing well together but goalkeeper Zaheer PA has been outstanding making some brilliant saves throughout the season.

Gremio FC have by far the had worst season relatively to any of the teams and have fallen greatly from their top four finishes in the prior seasons. Danush D and Guna Sekar have been bright spots in a forgettable season while the mid-season addition of Javi Cabrera could be their lifeline to safety. Mavericks FC will need to make considerable additions in the off-season if they are to get back to the heights they reached in the first season.  Joshua Irkapob and Vikas Halali need to come for their final two games if they are to keep the hope of escaping relegation in a miraculous manner while talented youngster Bharath Reddy needs to add consistency to his game. Mercurial FC also have the slimmest of chances of escaping relegation although that depends largely on results of the teams around them. Goalkeeper Vishnu JP and captain Solomon Alva have been outstanding but need better performances from the rest of the team if they are to finish the season with a win or two.

 

Division 1 Standings (After Gameweek 9)

Pos.

Name

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

Parikrma

9

8

1

0

26

3

23

25

2

Horizons FC

9

7

0

2

15

5

10

21

3

Supernova FC

9

5

2

2

17

10

7

17

4

Flipkart FC

9

5

1

3

14

8

6

16

5

Yataghan Internazionale

9

5

0

4

13

10

3

15

6

Project 7

9

4

2

3

12

15

-3

14

7

Rare Dare FC

9

4

1

4

16

15

1

13

8

FC Kougen Kikou

9

3

1

5

13

17

-4

10

9

Samba FC

9

2

3

4

3

8

-5

9

10

Gremio FC

9

2

1

6

13

15

-2

7

11

Mavericks FC

9

1

1

7

5

18

-13

4

12

Mercurial FC

9

1

1

7

4

24

-20

4

 
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