Ozone FC keep a check on Fateh Hyderabad; Mohammedan SC still in the reckoning after handing Chhinga Veng their first defeat and TRAU FC pull off a miracle to salvage a point against Rainbow AC at the end of Matchday 8 of the 2nd Division League.
Fateh Hyderabad and Ozone FC share a point apiece
Group B, Bengaluru, 7 March 2019: Fateh Hyderabad AFC 0-0 Ozone FC
Fateh Hyderabad who are playing their home games this season out of FSV Arena in Bengaluru were held to a draw by Ozone FC.
The hot summer afternoon seemed to have taken its toll with both teams cancelling each other out at the end of 90 minutes.
Fateh continue to top Group B with 13 points while Ozone FC are on 10 points and have two games in hand. Ozone FC who are playing catch up with Fateh would have liked to get all three points from this game, but a draw ensured they are still in the hunt for qualification.
Lonestar Kashmir – FC Goa [R] tie postponed
Group A, Srinagar, 9 March 2019: Lonestar Kashmir vs FC Goa (R)
The match has been postponed due to the prevailing security situation in Kashmir and the fixture will be announced at a later date.
South United FC salvage a draw
Group B, Kochi, 9 March 2019: Kerala Blasters FC (R) 2-2 South United FC
After picking up their first win of the season in their previous game against Fateh Hyderabad, South United could only manage a draw in their away tie at Kochi.
It was South United who took the lead in the 14th minute courtesy the Manipuri forward Rungsing Muinao. The advantage didn’t last long as Surag Chhetri scored for the reserves in the 16th minute to level the scores. Kerala would score again in the 26th minute through Hrishi Dhath and went into halftime leading 2-1.
Kerala looked on course to pick up only their second win of the season, but South United managed to pull a goal back in the 70th minute. The South United captain Aaron D’Costa scored to ensure South United picked up a point from the game.
Mohammedan SC hand Chhinga Veng their first defeat of the season
Group C, Kolkata, 9 March 2019: Mohammedan SC 3-0 Chhinga Veng FC
Mohammedan SC’s hopes of qualifying for the next round live to see another day after they picked up a convincing win over table-toppers Chhinga Veng FC.
Mohammedan’s Ghanian forward and captain Philip Adjah was a class above the rest on the pitch and had Chhinga Veng on the backfoot in the early part of the game. The Black Panthers threatened to score and eventually broke the deadlock in the 38th minute from a goal by Arthur Kouassi. The Ivorian latched onto a pass from Stephenson Pale to give his side the lead.
Philip Adjah would score from close range five minutes later (43′) to double the lead for the home side going into half-time.
Chhinga Veng tried to mount a comeback in the second half, but they looked out of their depth as Philip Adjah added to his tally in the 70th minute to make it 3-0 to Mohammedan.
Mohammedan had lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season by the same margin they beat Chhinga Veng today and the win sees a turnaround in their fortunes. They are three points behind 2nd-placed TRAU FC and six behind the table-toppers Chhinga Veng FC.
Jamshedpur FC Reserves yet to notch a point
Group C, Jamshedpur, 9 March 2019: Jamshedpur FC (R) 0-4 ATK (R)
Jamshedpur FC [R] suffered their seventh straight defeat of the season in as many games after going down to ATK [R] at The Furnace.
The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute with the 19-year-old forward Ashish Jha getting on the score sheet. They would double the lead going into a half-time after the 16-year-old Thomyo L. Shimray scored in the 35th minute.
ATK continued to entertain and add to their goal tally – Manoranjan Singh scored in the 51st minute and the captain Yumnam Gopi Singh capped off a fourth in the 76th minute to bring the match to a close.
With the win, ATK Reserves move to third on the table while the Jamshedpur colts are last on the table with zero points.
TRAU FC script a miraculous recovery in stoppage time
Group C, Kolkata, 10 March 2019: Rainbow AC 3-3 TRAU FC
Rainbow AC missed a trick to go level on points with TRAU FC in Group C as they ended up throwing away a two goal cushion at home.
The Rainbow captain Abhijit Sarkar scored twice in the first half (15, 45) and the home team took a 2-0 lead into the first half break.
TRAU FC found a way to get back in the game late in the second half after a penalty was awarded. Kivi Zhimomi converted from the spot to pull a goal back. Rainbow AC scored again the 89th minute to restore their two-goal lead with the Nigerian Joel Sunday getting on the score sheet.
New Barrackpore Rainbow AC looked all set for a win, but TRAU FC rallied to pull back two goals to level the scores. Joseph Olaleye and Momocha Singh both scored a goal apiece in second half stoppage time to salvage a point for the visitors.
TRAU FC continue to hold the second spot in Group C and have a three point lead over Rainbow AC.
|1||Bengaluru FC (R)||4||4||0||0||19||2||17||12|
|3||FC Goa (R)||3||1||0||2||7||5||2||3|
|3||South United FC||7||1||3||3||8||14||-6||6|
|4||Kerala Blasters FC (R)||6||1||2||3||7||8||-1||5|
|5||Chennaiyin FC (R)||5||0||3||2||6||8||-2||3|
|1||Chhinga Veng FC||7||5||1||1||12||5||7||16|
|6||Jamshedpur FC (R)||7||0||0||7||3||18||-15||0|