Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir: A super strike from Surchandra Singh and a well-judged header from Bazie Armand ensured Real Kashmir FC’s maiden victory at their home defeating the young Indian Arrows 2-0 today (November 25, 2018).
Bazie Armand was rightfully adjudged the Hero of the Match having scored a goal and play a noticeable game in the midfield for the hosts. With this win, Real Kashmir FC have now jumped up five spots to be placed at the 4th position with 7 points from Five games.
The game began with Hero I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC playing in Yellow while visitors Indian Arrows playing in orange. The home side fondly known as the ‘Snow Leopards’ started the game on an attacking note, making an attempt as early as the first minute but were unable to find the back of the net.
Coach David Robertson started with one change bringing in Surchandra Singh instead of the regular Danish Farooq, while Floyd Pinto of the Indian Arrows started with three changes in the squad viz; Rahim Ali, Khumanthem Ninthoigamba and Vikram Pratap Singh.
The Arrows started off on a defensive note but did make a few attempts from both sides but couldn’t convert one to their favour. On the other hand, Real Kashmir FC who have been winless at home so far, were seemingly in a hurry to score as they were seen playing long balls more often, taking advantage of their heights as against the young visitors.
Real Kashmir FC finally found some respite when Surchandra Singh made no mistake in finding the back of the net from a brilliant cross from Mason Lee Robertson. This was the first goal that Real Kashmir FC scored at home, making the fans go on a frenzy.
The first half, however, saw the Arrows holding a higher possession. In the final few minutes, they made a few attempts but nothing close enough to shake the sturdy Real Kashmir defence.
The first 45 minutes of the game came to an end with the home side Real Kashmir FC leading 1-0 against Indian Arrows.
The second half began with the Indian Arrows come in on an attacking note making continuous attempts to score but the young colts seemed unlucky today as they failed to convert any opportunity that came their way.
The hosts made their first change pretty early in the second half bringing in the experienced Danish Farooq in place of Nagen Tamang in the 56th minute.
Soon after, Indian Arrows came very close to scoring when Vikram Pratap Singh failed to shoot on target from a long ball from Amarjit. Then, Real Kashmir had a golden chance to double their lead but a powerless shot from Mason Robertson saw Prabhsukan Gill collecting the ball without any problem.
Real Kashmir had suddenly picked up their tempo and it was in the 68th minute when a beautiful corner kick from Surchandra Singh followed by a lofted shot from Danish Farooq to Armand Bazie saw the Cote D’ivorian make no mistake in doubling the lead for the hosts from an excellent header.
The hosts came really close to adding a third to the scoreline but couldn’t as Ravanan Dharmaraj couldn’t really connect to the ball which was comfortably collected by Gill. Indian Arrows were seen playing an organised game leading the possession but their inability to finish cost them the match today.