I-League 2nd Division 2018 : Real Kashmir edge past Delhi United
Real Kashmir defeated Delhi United in a closely fought encounter with 1-0 scoreline in the TRC Turf Ground, Srinagar on Wednesday in the I-League 2nd Division.
Real Kashmir XI: Kamlesh Sathanathan Nadar, Khalid Qayoom, Muhammad Hammad, Loveday Okechukwu (C), Shahnawaz Bashir9Atinder Mani, Kouassi Yao, Ifham Tariq Mir, Sukhwinder Singh (GK), Ritwik Kumar Das, Danish Farooq
Delhi United XI: Royal Basumatary (GK), Gursimrat Singh. Jarmanjit Singh, Rakesh Masih (C), Rishad P P, Md. Shahjahan, Jatinder Kumar, Akshay Pashilkar, Ladji Siaka Sylla, Nirmal Singh Bisht, Kouame Konan Zacharie
Real Kashmir came into this game with three draws and two wins from their previous five encounters while Delhi United had one win, one loss and three draws from their previous five fixtures in the league.
Both the teams shared points in a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Delhi.
Atinder Mani drew first blood to put the hosts ahead with a spot-kick at the 41st minute after a spell of good pressure from the Kashmiri side.
In the second half, Kashmiri dominance was prevalent as they kept the Delhi United defence on their toes with constant attacks down the pitch.
Delhi United threw as many men as they could in the last ten minutes of the game leaving acres of space for Real Kashmir to exploit in a bid to get back on terms. The Kashmiri side somehow held on United and registered a well deserved three points.
With this win, Real Kashmir now have 12 points from six games and stand second in their group behind Hindustan FC who have 14 points from as many games.
Real Kashmir will face Hindustan FC at the same venue on April 21 while Delhi United will cross swords with Lonestar Kashmir on April 22 in Srinagar as well.