Thursday, October 6, 2022

Durand Cup: FC Goa beat Indian Air Force 1-0

Defending Champions FC Goa bounced back from their opening day loss as they eked out a 1-0 win over Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Durand Cup here on Friday.
Muhammed Nemil was the lone goal scorer at a rainy, blustery Kishore Bharati Krirangan here.
With the win, Goa join Mohammedan Sporting and Bengaluru FC with three points in Group A, even though the latter have a game in hand. Jamshedpur FC is the other team in the group. The top two teams from each Group qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Gaurs got their goal early through Nemil, who struck his second in two games in the tournament. The move came from the right when Mevan Dias broke through and delivered a minus inside the box finding his classy centre-forward in space. Nemil turned, transferred the ball to his favoured left-foot and found the bottom corner with precision. He could have made it three for the tournament 15 minutes later, but this time his curler from just outside the box, missed narrowly. In the second-half, the Airmen did try and apply some pressure but the organised and well-schooled Gaurs defence held firm.
The Air Force upped the ante in search for an equaliser and in the final 10 minutes got several chances to draw level. Mohd. Aqib first hit the cross-bar and then substitute Prabhjot Singh unleashed a wonderful free-kick, drawing a fantastic save from Goa keeper Hrithik Tiwari.
The Air Force got as many as three corners as well in the last few minutes but couldn’t cash in.

Neroca beat Trau 3-1 in ‘Imphal derby’

Neroca FC produced an excellent performance to beat Trau FC 3-1 in the ‘Imphal Derby’ in the Durand Cup 2022 at the Khuman Lampak stadium, here on Thursday.
Tangva Ragui put the Orange brigade ahead as early as the 16th minute, only for Komron Tursunov to equalise three minutes later. Thomyo then headed in to put Neroca ahead again, before Nigerian John Chidi took advantage of a defensive error to score the insurance goal, in the 50th minute of the second half.
Derby nerves were clear from end to end as well as tough football was on display right from the starting whistle with both sides not willing to give an inch.
Trau in fact had the first real chance as the Neroca defence was caught but keeper Soram Porei was more than up to the task.
Then came the goal, a good team effort by the Orange brigade involving John and a cross from Lunminlen Haokip which was brilliantly side-footed into the net by Tangva who literally bulldozed into the box. However, Neroca’s joy was short-lived as the classy Komron Tursunov got on the scoresheet, getting at the end of a cross from Khanngam.
Attacks continued from both ends with Neroca slowly getting the upper hand and they finally got their reward when Thomyo headed in from a cross by the overlapping Singson.
The Orange supporters were definitely the happier going into the break and they would remain so till the end.
Any hopes of a win that Trau would have nurtured going into the break, evaporated just five minutes into the second half and largely of their own doing.
John Chidi, always lurking around, intercepted a catastrophic back-pass to the keeper and calmly slotted home and Neroca won 3-1.