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I-League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Real Kashmir won against Gokulam Kerala

Avik Roy
670   //    06 Feb 2019, 19:34 IST

Real Kashmir players celebrating after the goal
Real Kashmir players celebrating after the goal

Real Kashmir finally achieved what they wanted to since the start of the season. The debutant team in this year’s I-League has finally climbed on top of the table. The 1-0 win against Gokulam Kerala was enough for them to leave Chennai City in the second position.

Striker Gnohere Krizo scored the only goal of the match in the 51st minute of the match to collect all the points for the Snow Leopards at the TRC Stadium in Srinagar.

With the win, Real Kashmir reached 32 points from 16 matches and may retain their position until Friday, before Chennai City take the field against Indian Arrows. Gokulam’s misery continued as they remained on the 10th position with 12 points from 15 matches.

More than the match, it was the conditions of the ground that got more attention. In the freezing cold of Kashmir, incessant rain added to the player’s woes, especially for the members of the Kozhikode-based team, who came from a very hot condition.

Let us look the three reasons behind Real Kashmir’s win.

#3 Patience paid off for Real Kashmir

Krizo scored the only goal of the match
Krizo scored the only goal of the match

Gokulam Kerala had recently lost to teams like Indian Arrows and Aizawl FC thanks to their crumbling defence, which conceded goals in almost every match. But Gift Raikhan, who took over as the head coach, has changed the approach of the team. The defence is now looking more consolidated, as was seen in the previous two matches.

Real Kashmir knew very well that their task will never be easy. So, from the very first minute they kept hunting for the goal. For the first time this season, Mason Robertson partnered with regular striker Gnohere Krizo, who was back after serving suspension.


Krizo could’ve scored early in the first half but his brilliant header was saved by Gokulam goalkeeper Arnab Das Sharma. Real Kashmir maintained the pressure but the goal was not coming. They were creating chances but lacked the final finish.

However, Krizo broke the deadlock in the second half. Once again the creator was Farhan Ganie, who had scored in the last match against Churchill. Ganie took a long ranger which was somehow saved by the goalkeeper. Krizo, who was waiting nearby, calmly slotted the rebound home. Kashmir’s long wait for the goal finally paid off.

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