TAL: Match Reports (Gameweek 4 Division 1)
Horizons and Parikrma continue their fine form while Gremio win a 5-goal thriller versus Bengal. Flipkart, FCKK and Supernova also win.
Yataghan Internazionale v Flipkart FC
Score: Yataghan Internazionale (1) – (3) Flipkart FC
Yataghan Internazionale (Mutsa Muswere 42’)
Flipkart FC (Pavan Powar 23’, 41’; Kartik Sah 50’)
Flipkart picked up their first win of the campaign when they beat Yataghan Internazionale in the early kick off. Both teams have generally had similar styles of play, a compact defence and strong counter-attacks but Flipkart deviated from the script to use the width of the pitch and tire Yataghan. Pavan Powar returned to goal scoring form when he opened the account in the 23rd minute thanks to a defensive lapse from Yataghan.
Flipkart took a slender lead into halftime but always looked likely to score more goals. Yataghan were missing Kartik Singh, who is usually at the helm of the defence and the team played without any understanding from the back which caused their downfall.
Pavan Powar doubled his tally for the day to increase Flipkart’s lead but Yataghan struck back almost instantly when Musta Muswere scored off a beautiful chipped shot to reduce the margin to 1.
Yataghan were back in the game after that but in their hunt for the equaliser, pockets of spaces started opening up and Flipkart took advantage of that when Kartik Sah, who looked dangerous on the wing all game, managed to break free and score the third for Flipkart. That goal finished any hopes of a Yataghan comeback and Flipkart played out the clock for the final ten minutes to pick up their first win of the season.
Man of the Match: Pavan Powar (Flipkart FC)
FC Kougen Kikou v Mavericks FC
Score: FC Kougen Kikou (1) – (0) Mavericks FC
FC Kougen Kikou (Yasuhiro Nishino 56’)
A late winner from FCKK captain Yasuhiro Nishino saw them pick up all three points and move into mid-table safety for the first time this season. Both teams played a very strategic tactical game for most of the match and were unwilling to get out of their comfort zone. The match was scrappy in the first half and unsurprisingly went into halftime with a goalless score-line.
Mavericks started the second half better but could not find the finishing touches to their moves with Danush once again the main man in midfield for them. As the second half wore on Kougen Kikou came into life and looked the more threatening side but the Mavericks defence held firm and just when the match looked like it was going to end in a draw, Nishino found himself in the box to score the only goal of the game.
This win makes it back-to-back wins for Kougen Kikou and they get out of the red zone. Mavericks are still without a win and their form has dipped since their impressive performance in GW 1 when they picked up a well-deserved draw against RDFC.
Both teams still have a lot to figure out if they are going to escape relegation this season but Kougen Kikou have put themselves in a better position to do so with this win while Mavericks are still searching for answers.
Man of the Match: Yasuhiro Nishino (FC Kougen Kikou)
Samba FC v Supernova FC
Score: Samba FC (0) – (4) Supernova FC
Supernova FC (James Hadeyemi 33’, 39’, 58, 59’)
Attack overpowered defence as Supernova picked up another routine win this time against Samba FC. Similar to their last game, Supernova were lethargic in the first half in this game and Samba managed to hold them goalless with ease. Samba seem to revert back to their defence first mentality and that may not bode well for them in the long run.
The second half started differently with Supernova on a one-track mind to find the back of the net and they did just that when top goal scorer for the division James Hadeyemi scored the opener after a run on the right flank.
Samba’s defence crumbled after that and Supernova picked up their second again thanks to James making a run cutting inside to double his personal tally as well. Supernova slowed things down after that but were still on the hunt for goals.
James ended with four goals for the night with the forward picking up two more in the dying minutes of the game. Samba have a lot to work on especially on the attacking front and making Sufiyan Ahmed play in midfield this game might have hindered them. Supernova have jumped into the top three and will look at launching another bid at the title.
Man of the Match: James Hadeyemi (Supernova FC)
Parikrma FC v Project 7
Score: Parikrma FC (3) – (0) Project 7
Parikrma FC (Sunil Manjunath 26’, Louis Nickson 34’, R Ravibabu 50’)
Parikrma made it four victories in four when they beat Project 7 by a 3-0 scoreline. Project 7 have played really well over the past few games but have been unlucky when it comes to results but that can also be owed to the fact that they have had the toughest fixtures to start the season going up against Supernova, Gremio, Horizons and Parirkma in their first four games.
Parikrma found it hard to breakdown Project 7‘s defence in the first quarter of the game with Puneeth Gowda once again cleaning up things in midfield to provide support for his back four. Sandeep Kudva’s inclusion in the squad has been vital given his long range passing ability but the goals have been far and few with Rahul Singh finding himself up front often without support.
Sunil Manjunath opened the scoring 4 minutes before halftime to spoil Project 7’s best-laid plans. Louis Nickson doubled the lead minutes after the restart to give Parikrma a two-goal cushion and they never looked back after that.
Second half substitute Ravi Babu was crucial in controlling the game for his side and the midfield and managed to get himself on the score sheet with a beautiful long range goal. Results will come for Project 7 if they continue playing like they have and with the toughest fixtures out of the way their climb back up the table should be easy although there are no easy games in the top division.
Parikrma have lost pole position to Horizons on goal difference but are yet to drop points.
Man of the Match: R Ravibabu (Parikrma FC)
Gremio FC v FC Bengal
Score: Gremio FC (3) – (2) FC Bengal
Gremio FC (Vahid Jaderi 30’, Hayder Halangy 36’, 59’)
FC Bengal (Saheed Adeoye 11’, Adam B 50’)
Gremio picked up a massive three points against Bengal when they came out on top in a 5 goal thriller. Saheed Adeoye opened the scoring for Bengal when the pacy striker easily got past the Gremio defence to slot home the opener. Gremio got back into the mix of things after that and their passing became more cohesive and they were duly rewarded with a goal just before half-time when Vahid Jaderi equalised for his side.
The second half saw some important substitutions with Hayder Halangy coming on for Gremio. The versatile midfielder played in a forward role and quickly made an impact by scoring soon after the restart to give his side the lead.
The game was marred by offside calls and Bengal’s frustration saw Askia Taofeek receive his marching orders and his side were in a worse position now but that didn’t stop his side from getting the equaliser with the nimble-footed Adama B swerving his way around the Gremio defence to find the net in the 50th minute.
Bengal would have settled for a draw given that they were a man down but Gremio had other plans and took full advantage of being a man up and put the gas to the pedal. Hayder was once again in the mix of the things and a move started in midfield by JP saw Hayder find the back of the net in the dying minutes of the game to hand his side all three points and pick up the man of the match award.
Bengal lost their first game of the season but with only two games to go before the winter break they will have to pick themselves up quickly.
Man of the Match: Hayder Halangy (Gremio FC)
Horizons FC v Rare Dare FC
Score: Horizons FC (5) – (1) Rare Dare FC
Horizons FC (Adithya KV 4’, Philip Babalola 18’, Satish Kumar 19’, 35’, Jayanth Kumar 32’)
Rare Dare FC (Adarsh AX 7’)
Horizons FC are in pole position in the table after their win over Rare Dare FC, albeit only on goal difference. Horizons are playing like a team possessed and dismissed an RDFC side that played their hearts out. On any other day, RDFC would have got something from the game for putting on such a performance but this Horizons side looks like a team set only on one thing – the title!
Horizons were quick to get off the mark when KV scored in the 4th minute to finish off a beautiful pass from midfield but the response was immediate and Adarsh AX scored a beauty to equalise. Both teams were playing a high-intensity game but the attacking prowess of Horizons was too much to handle and the pacy Philip Babalola restored Horizons’ lead in the 18th minute. Things took a worse turn for RDFC when formed RDFC player Satish Kumar scored a third to hand his team a two-goal cushion going into halftime.
Horizons inflicted more pain onto RDFC after the restart with Jayanth Kumar scoring in the 32nd minute followed by a second for Satish. RDFC plugged the leakage after that and there were no more goals for either team.
Navneet Gowda was in fine form for Horizons making a couple of important saves to keep RDFC at bay. Horizons now have an important game coming up against Parikrma next week and need to be in similar form if not better, while RDFC are still without a win.
Man of the Match: Satish Kumar (Horizons FC)