Hindustan FC edge LoneStar Kashmir FC 1-0 in U19 I-League
Punjab lad Gagandeep Singh produced a Star performance and scored the lone goal to help his side Hindustan FC register a 1-0 victory over LoneStar Kashmir FC in a Round 2 encounter of the Rest of India - Group A game in the Under-19 I-League being held at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi.
Gagan slotted home with ease in the 49th minute of the game to draw first blood for the home side, and following 90 minutes of play, the scoreline remained the same. The result takes the Delhi outfit to the top of the group with four points from two games.
From the first half itself, both sides were into loggerheads, creating chances right from the start, but following 45 minutes of a fast-paced encounter, the scoreline remained goalless.
The Kashmir outfit, coming into their game following a hard-battled 2-2 draw against Bengaluru FC colts, were lively right from the start, creating a flurry of chances. Assar Mohammed, who scored his debut goal in the last match, created plenty of attacks for his side. The first real chance of the game for Hindustan FC came in the 30th minute when Mayel Lepcha gave a great through ball to Ramthing Jajo, but before the latter could pull the trigger, LoneStar custodian Shabir Hussain collected the running ball comfortably.
HFC frontman Dilli Ram Sanyasi was playing well but his passing was not up to the mark on the day. The home side's left winger, Gagan, did some tireless work for his team, doing all the running and providing great crosses. Farhaan Ganai missed a great opportunity to draw first blood for the home side in the first half after his shot from the free-kick from right outside the box was well over the goal.
The second half started with HFC completely dominating proceedings, and LKFC were reduced to just mere spectators. After the 60th ?minute mark, the Kashmir outfit tried to come back into the game with the help of their lanky striker Danish Farooq. The Kashmir lad tried creating a lot of space inside the box, but HFC left-back Shiv Shankar had him marked tightly throughout. Danish's shot on goal was punched away by Norden Lepcha, but the ball fell for Wasiq Imitaz, who skied it moments later.
The final real chance for LKFC came in the 70th minute when a great ball was played in from Suhail Bhatt from a corner, but even that was headed wide by Danish. The Kashmir outfit tried hard to make the comeback but couldn't equalise.