Super Cup 2019: ATK vs Real Kashmir FC - 5 Talking Points as Manuel Lanzarote hunts down the Snow Leopards
- All the major talking points from ATK's win over Real Kashmir FC in the Hero Super Cup round of 16 clash at the Kalinga Stadium on Monday.
#2 Robertson Jr. shines through the dark clouds of defeat
Mason Robertson was Real Kashmir FC's best player on the night by a country mile and deservedly bagged his fifth goal of the season in emphatic fashion, just five minutes after Balwant Singh had opened the scoring for ATK.
The 25-year-old was deployed just behind Abednego Tetteh and caused a few problems to Andre Bikey with his pace and directness early on in the first half.
Robertson started positively with a precise defence-splitting pass for Tetteh in the early stages of the game, but the striker failed to hit the target after being played through on goal.
The lack of support from his team-mates did not stop Robertson from getting into promising areas inside the final third, as he continued to knock on the doors of the ATK defence to try and find an opening.
And his moment eventually came in the 31st minute when Bazie Armand retrieved the ball in midfield before nudging it forward to Abhas Thapa, who quickly played it on to the path of Robertson.
The Scot was never in doubt when he took the ball into his stride and dispatched an unstoppable low shot into the bottom corner of Debjit Majumder's goal to pull his team back on level terms.
Although Real Kashmir FC ended up as the losing side on the night, they can look back on their domestic campaign with pride as they continue to be revered as one of the greatest sporting stories from the nation this year.
And to some extent, the credit goes to the Robertsons, the father-son duo have combined effectively to find bring new hope to the war-torn valley of Kashmir and will not be forgotten anytime soon.Published 02 Apr 2019, 07:55 IST