Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 19 (ANI): NEROCA FC gave themselves a preventing likelihood within the race to complete within the top 6 by beating Sudeva Delhi FC by 2-0 on the Kishore Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Friday.
Goals by Judah Garcia and super-substitute Songpu Singsit ensured a victory for Gift Raikhan’s aspect in a hard-fought sport in opposition to the I-League newcomers.
NEROCA had the primary sight of objective within the seventh minute, as Judah Garcia dispossessed Naorem Tondomba and his long-distance try hit the side-netting of Rakshit Dagar’s objective. On the opposite finish, Sudeva’s Naorem Mahesh threaded a via cross for Shubho Paul, however NEROCA’s custodian Bishorjit Singh got here off his line to gather it.
Sudeva have been handed the chance to take the lead on a golden platter when Jiteshwor Singh introduced down Mahesh within the penalty space. However, Kean Lewis’ spot-kick within the twelfth minute was pushed away by Bishorjit Singh, saving his teammate’s blushes. Seconds later, Mahesh blasted Lewis’ cutback from a free-kick excessive of the objective.
Gift Raikhan’s aspect did get a possibility to strike within the thirteenth minute after Judah Garcia introduced down Lungdim’s cross, however was unable to take his shot. The free ball, nonetheless, fell to Subash Singh, who hit his shot broad of the goal. The sport died down just a little when it comes to alternatives as Sudeva began to carry the vast majority of the possession.
Sudeva’s Shaiborg Kharpan was introduced down simply exterior the world by Bishorjit Singh in a one-on-one on the thirty seventh minute. Luckily for the keeper, the younger striker’s contact was heavy and he earned only a yellow card for his sort out. Mahesh’s shot from the next free-kick looped into the arms of a grateful Bishorjit Singh after it hit the wall.
Sudeva went on to create possibilities however lacked high quality within the remaining third. They have been punished on the forty fifth minute as NEROCA shortly took a free-kick in their very own half. Judah Garcia was on the finish of a Khaiminthang Lhungdim’s cross on the short break and the Trinidadian powered his header previous Rakshit Dagar, giving the Orange Brigade the lead simply earlier than half-time.
Rakshit Dagar saved Sudeva Delhi from falling additional behind within the 53rd minute. The keeper showcased fast reflexes to disclaim Judah after the goalscorer had dispossessed Gursimrat Gill off the ball within the penalty space. Meanwhile, Sudeva stored attacking and got here near the equaliser twice within the 57th minute.
Bishorjit Singh pulled off an excellent save off Kharpan’s header from Naorem Mahesh’s nook earlier than Deepak Singh cleared substitute Augustin Fernandes’ header off the road. Bisjorjit made one other high-quality cease within the sixty fifth minute when a William Pauliankhum set-piece was knocked into the trail of Naocha Singh. The substitute was denied entry once more by the NEROCA custodian.
With Sudeva overcommitting within the assault, NEROCA broke on the counter and Prakash Budhathoki caught the crossbar after some good work by Judah Garcia. NEROCA lastly discovered their security objective within the 72nd minute when Songpu Singsit beat his defender and curled his shot previous Rakshit Dagar from simply inside the world.
Sudeva did have a few high quality possibilities to drag a objective again. First with (*6*), whose highly effective effort from Pauliankhum’s cut-back inched broad the put up within the 81st minute. Kharpan tried to latch on to Rostam Singh’s via ball within the 89th minute. However, Bishorjit learn the cross and bravely intercepted the cross — capping off his Hero of the Match efficiency with a clear sheet.
Sudeva stored pushing until the ultimate whistle looking for the objective. However, the NEROCA defence ensured they safe a 2-0 victory, giving the Orange Brigade a preventing likelihood for a spot within the top 6 with two matches to go within the first section of the league. (ANI)