Mason Robertson’s brace helped Real Kashmir FC beat Aizawl FC 3-1 and climb to the top of the I-League table on the VYBK Stadium right here on Tuesday.
A defensive error gave Aizawl the lead within the twenty sixth minute via Lalremsanga, whereas Lukman Adefemi’s first half strike and a double by Robertson within the second powered the Snow Leopards to a thumping win.
With the win, Real Kashmir prolonged its unbeaten streak to 9 video games and will stay on top of the I-League table, if Churchill Brothers drop factors in opposition to NEROCA on Wednesday.
In what was a cagey first half between the 2 sides, it took two moments of defensive errors from both group to let the opposite rating. However, it was Aizawl who tried to breach the Real Kashmir citadel with its possession-heavy type of soccer from the opening minutes.
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Real Kashmir goalkeeper Mithun Samanta made his first save within the eighth minute to hold out Ramhlunchhunga’s shot.
The Snow Leopards, boasting one of one of the best defences within the league up to now, relied on counter-attack and direct soccer. It nearly paid dividends for the aspect within the 14th minute when midfielder Farhan Gani despatched Dipanda Dicka on to the purpose. But Dicka’s effort was minimize brief by a crunching sort out from Lalchungnunga.
A defensive error within the twenty sixth minute noticed the Real Kashmir concede.
A goal-kick by Aizawl’s custodian was misjudged by Robertson and the ball bounced over him because it caught Pawan Kumar in a clumsy place. It finally led to Lalremsanga choosing up the items and slotting it previous a hapless Samanta.
Real Kashmir equalised eight minutes later as Robertson made amends. With the Aizawl defence switched off, Robertson’s lengthy throw-in from the left flank discovered Adefemi, who unleashed a header from shut vary to restore parity.
The Snow Leopards got a golden alternative to surge into the lead when Adefemi’s header off a Robertson cross compelled the opposition goalkeeper to make a save. The rebound discovered Dicka contained in the field, however he skied his shot from shut vary.
Yan Law’s Aizawl was not so fortunate within the 56th minute. Pratesh Shirdokar’s free-kick from a distance discovered Robertson within the field and his free header discovered the bottom-right nook to put Real Kashmir forward.
In the 68th minute, Robertson’s lengthy throw-in as soon as once more discovered Adefemi contained in the field in nearly a replay of the primary purpose. However, this time, the Aizawl goalkeeper heroically saved Adefemi’s header to deny him from shut vary.
Scotsman Robertson put the tie to mattress when he curled in a free-kick from 30 yards out to make it 3-1.
Though Aizawl tried to make a comeback, the lead proved to be unassailable. The end result sees Aizawl sit on 12 factors from 9 matches.