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I-League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Real Kashmir drew with Churchill Brothers FC

Avik Roy
SENIOR ANALYST
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522   //    31 Jan 2019, 21:48 IST

Plaza (R) scored again in I-League
Plaza (R) scored again in I-League

Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers, the 2nd and 3rd placed team in the I-League, played out a drab draw at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco. The match ended 1-1.

Real Kashmir, who came from freezing cold in Srinagar to a humid condition in Goa, had a to overcome the weather difference along with their opponents on the field. Going by their performance, they somehow did that but the extra energy was clearly missing from their side.

Churchill, who could’ve climbed up on top of the table with a win, missed several chances throughout the match. Table toppers Chennai City and fourth-placed East Bengal probably will be in an advantageous position, keeping in mind the result of this match.

After an uneventful first half, Real Kashmir got the lead against the run of the play in the 54th minutes. Farhan Ganie’s shot from distance was blocked by a Churchill defender. Ghanie got the ball again and scored with a low drive in his second attempt.

Willis Plaza equalised in the 69th minute when he chested down a long cross and unleashed a left-footed shot, which comfortably beat Bilal Khan. This was probably the only time when Real Kashmir defence got wrong-footed.

Both the teams maintained their position with 29 points, keeping Churchill ahead of their rivals in second due to superior goal difference.

Let us look at the reason why the game ended in a draw.


#3 Both teams played with cautious approach

Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers FC, separated by goal difference in the league table, had only one aim coming to the match, try not to lose the game at any cost. In the end, they managed to stick to their gameplan as both teams shared points, keeping them in the race for I-League title.

Kashmir, who crossed over 3000 kms to come to Vasco from Srinagara, had witnessed a major change in the weather. From -4 degree Celsius to 31 degree Celsius, it was never easy for them to negotiate.

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With little time, all they had tried for to aim for a point in uncharacteristic conditions. Considering the humid condition, they played well and managed to get the lead early in the second half, but couldn’t hold it till the end.

Churchill, in turn, are familiar with the conditions. Against a weak team who were missing two attackers, the two-time I-League champions should have gone for the kill. They dominated in the second half and had chances not been missed, they could end up winning the game.

But yet, they never looked like a side that had come to gain three points. Plaza did his job but others should have taken the same responsibility.

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