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03.05.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- VS -- EAST BENGAL - 7.00 pm LIKE FB || REFRESH || TABLE
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EAST BENGAL ARE KEEN TO CONTINUE THEIR WINNING TRIUMPH AGAINST BANGALURU FC

PREVIEW: Bangaluru FC and East Bengal will going to clash in one of the most important encounter of the the I League at the Kanteerava Stadium,Bengaluru on Sunday evening. Though, Mohun Bagan are leading the I League table but East Bengal and Bangaluru FC are still in the fight for the contenders of the tittle.

East Bengal currently placed at the 4th position in the table with 26 points from 15 matches won the first round by a solitary goal at home scored by Abinash Ruidas. It will be a tough time for the Dutch coach Elco Schattorie if he had to left Arnab Mondal, the central defender in the dugout. Arnab is nursing an injury along with Dudu Omegbemi and they are not confirmed regarding their participation on Sunday evening. Elco will have to opt for his second option if situation arises.

This will be the fifth occasion as East Bengal and Bangaluru FC are facing each other. East Bengal have won all the matches so far since they started playing from the 2013-14 season.The defending champions of I League Bengaluru FC are placed at the 2nd position in the league table with 28 points from 15 matches are confident to win the tittle for the second consecutive time.

While interacting Bangaluru FC coach Asthey Westwood said,“We’ve never beaten them from a result perspective but from a performance perspective, we’ve got the better of them on numerous occasions. It’s just that we never had the rub of the green go our way. So, it isn’t like we are coming up against a side that’s better than us.

Bangaluru FC has a completely fit and available squad to choose from as East Bengal has a host of injured footballers in their squad. The match will kick off at 7 pm at the Kanteerava Stadium





02.05.2015 : SHILLONG LAJONG FC -- 3-0 -- DEMPO SC - FT LIKE FB || REFRESH || TABLE
SLFC : Rehnnesh, Khelemba, Kim, Mincholson, Pritam, Penn, Zordinliana, Uilliams, Lenn, Boithang, Glen
DEM : Kattimani, Rowilson, Nirmal, Calum, Debabrata, Gabriel, Lenny, clifford, Francis, Germanpreet, Holicharan.

SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong Lajong FC deservedly emerged victorious as they defeated Goan side Dempo SC by a score line of 3-0 with goals through Uilliams, Khelemba and Glen. The win comes in their second home game in a run of 7 home game fixtures stretching until the final game of the season.

The first half started out slowly with both teams failing to hold possession of the ball long enough to create any chances. As the game progressed Lajong were able to find their feet and control the match. After a flurry of chances the home side were awarded a free kick in the 14th minute just a few yards outside the box. Uilliams stepped up to take the free kick which sailed into the side netting to the keeper’s left leaving Dempo custodian Kattmani stretching in vain in the 17th minute.

The home side deservedly got the lead and managed to create more chances towards the end of the first half. After having played with much of the confidence that took their side to sixth position in the previous season, The Reds were able to find their second goal. Khelemba Meitei who filled in for club captain Aibor Khongjee headed in a well taken corner to score on his debut and give the home side an assailable two goal cushion going into the break. Uilliams provided the assist to the goal scored in the 37th minute.

As the match resumed, so did the momentum of the home side as they pressed hard early on in the second half. Dempo eventually succumbed to the pressure as Lenny Rodrigues pulled down Uilliams inside the box after the Lajong striker was allowed to turn. Cornell Glen took the spot kick and confidently chipped the ball right through the middle to move his side three goals up as early as the 50th minute.

Dempo SC managed to find a few attacks but the home side were never in danger of conceding. The visitors however managed to make matters worse for themselves as they went down to ten men after Nirmal Chettri picked up his second yellow card following a foul on Zodingliana. Shillong Lajong coach Thangboi Singto tried to increase the deficit by introducing more fire power through David Ngaihte and local boy Shaiborlang Kharpran but could not capitalize on the 10 men Goan side as the score remained 3-0 until the final whistle.

This win gives Lajong their much needed confidence following a four game winless streak. The three points also mean Shillong Lajong FC are now in 7th position in the I-League with 16 points after having played 15 games. The Reds will play their next match against Bengaluru FC on the 8th of May.

FT : Shillong Lajong beat Dempo 3-0. Uilliams of Shillong Lajong declared Man of the Match.
90': 3 minutes added time. 3-0 is the scoreline for Lajong .
61': DEMPO now down to 10 men.
60': RED CATD to Nirmal Chhetri of DEMPO.
51': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-0 to Shillong Lajong. Glenn scored the 3rd goal.
50': SCORE LINE : 2-0 for Lajong
44': CHANGE-SLFC : Preetam out and Samuel in.
35': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to shillong Lajong. Khelemba singh scored the goal.
25': 1-0 to LAJONG is the score line.
15': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Lajong scored goal, leading 1-0 now from a free kick of Uilliams.
14': Lajong beat Dempo 2-0 in first leg where Boithan and Glen scored for team.
15': Lajong is unbeaten to Dempo in last 4 I-League matches.
13': 0-0 is the score line.
1': Match Starts.

PREVIEW : SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Friday 1st May 2015: Shillong Lajong FC will take on Dempo SC at the J.N.Stadium, Shillong on 2nd May, 2015 at 4:30PM as both teams will look to return to winning ways after their defeats to Salgaocar and East Bengal respectively.

Shillong Lajong began their run of 7 consecutive home fixtures with a disappointing loss to Salgaocar FC as The Reds struggled to contain the visitors in the first half as they put three goals past the Lajong defense but their second half performance would have inspired the team to better results in the coming fixtures.

Speaking in a pre match press conference, Lajong coach Thangboi Singto said, "Every match is crucial for us. Yes against Salgaocar we conceded very silly goals very early but second half we had a fair number of chances. We can't forget the last match but we have to look forward as a team. For us we have to do much better in the coming match tomorrow".

Having played well in their campaign last year finishing sixth in the table, Thangboi Singto's men are struggling to string up a good run of performances as only three points separate Shillong Lajong and the drop zone. He added, "For us playing at home we should get maximum points. We're in a position where we can't get a loss. We have to stay more solid and strong defensively and hopefully the players up front will give us a good result tomorrow"

The home side however will look to capitalise on their opponents who will be without their foreign players Carlos Hernandez who is out for the rest of the season, Afghanistan international Amiri picked up a ligament injury against East Bengal and Australian forward Tolgay Ozbey nursing a calf injury.

Dempo's head coach Trevor Morgan also present at the pre match press conference said, "We've been unable to field our four foreigners on the pitch all season. It has affected the team but we've been upbeat. All the games we’ve played we've always been in the game." Tolgay Ozbey who scored three goals in his previous two matches would not start the match but might come on "only after half time" said the Dempo coach.



02.05.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 2-0 -- BHARAT FC - FT LIKE FB || REFRESH || TABLE
SCG : Ravi Kumar, Amna, Wolfe, Antao, Victorino, Shirodkar, Brandon, Chinta, Clemente, Garcia, Gonsalves.
BFC : Arindam, Gourmangi, Hassell, Ravanan, Boco, Asif, Vignesh, Dipendu, Simranjit, Subhash, Surajit.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A disappointing performance from Bharat FC, one in which they struggled hard to find the cutting edge to convert the chances they created, saw them go down 2-0 against Sporting Clube de Goa on Saturday evening at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa. Brandon Fernandes opened the scoring for Sporting Clube de Goa, netting a free kick in the 41st minute before Pratesh Shirodkar thumped in the second goal, just six minutes into the second half to give Sporting a deserved victory.

The result sees the Goan side climb off the last place in the table with 14 points from 16 matches. Bharat FC are now in 11th place with 12 points from 15 games. Bharat FC began the game in confident fashion, moving the ball fluidly and creating space up the field. Romuald Boco sent in a couple of crosses in the first five minutes, operating on the right edge of a four-man midfield. The first big chance arrived in the fourth minute, when G Vignesh whipped in a diagonal cross from the right allowing the on-rushing Subash Singh a shy at goal. Subash’s header, though powerful, was not on target as it whistled past the post.

In the tenth minute, Romuald Boco’s inch-perfect cross from the right allowed Subash another free header, this time from the edge of the six-yard box. The downward header seemed headed for the left corner but Sporting’s goalkeeper Ravi Kumar got a faint touch on the ball, deflecting it on to the upright.

With the temperature soaring above the 30 degree mark and with humidity over 60 percent, the pace of game slowed down after the quarter-hour mark. In the 21st minute, debutant Simranjeet Singh showed admirable tenacity to hold off Mahmoud Amna and get off a shot. However, the ball that was hit with the outside of Simranjeet’s boot did not trouble Ravi Kumar, trickling wide of the goal. After the water break in the 25th minute, Sporting seemed to dominate proceedings. The strike-pairing of Anthony Wolfe and Victorino Fernandes seemed to harry the Bharat FC defense, with support from Brandon Fernandes on the left and Mahmoud Amna down the center.

Sporting took the lead in the 41st minute after Asif Kottayil pulled down Anthony Wolfe on the edge of the Bharat FC box. The resulting free kick saw Brandon Fernandes place an inch-perfect take into the top-left corner which left the Lions’ custodian, Arindam Bhattacharya, rooted to his spot. After the restart, the Lions tried to force the issue with Boco going on a couple of darting runs on the right. However, Sporting doubled the lead, scoring off a quick break and taking advantage of confusion in the Bharat FC defense. Victorino Fernandes released Pratesh Shirdokar in the center, 25 yards from the Bharat FC goal. The pint-sized midfielder cut past two center-backs before unleashing a powerful drive which flew into the top-left corner.

After the second goal, Sporting were content to sit back and absorb the pressure. Bharat FC’s head coach Stuart Watkiss brought on Palestinian international Omar Jarun, using the six feet six inch tall player as the central striker. However, Bharat FC were unable to break down Sporting’s massed ranks, creating a few half chances but with no attacking potency in sight, it was always going to be an uphill task.

FT : SPORTING GOA WIN 2-0 AGAINST BHARAT FC.
90': 4 minute added time. 2-0 to sporting..Pratesh scored the 2nd.
50: SCORE LINE : SCG 1-0 BFC
45': IN FIRST LEG BHARAT FC BEAT SPORTING 1-0 THROUGH A SCORE OF MEHRAJUDDIN
42': NOW SCORE - 1-0 for Sporting. Brandon Fernandez scored from a Free kick for Sporting.
29': Water break for massive hit.
18': YELLOW CARD to RAVANAN - BFC
17': 0-0 is the score line.
4': Attack of Bharat, Subhas Singh missed a chance from Boco's pass.
1': Match starts.

BFC PRESS RELEASE - PREVIEW : A full strength Bharat FC will look to build on their strong record against Goan opposition in their debut Hero I-League season as they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League round 20 match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday. The match will kick-off at 4.30 pm. Bharat FC are currently in 10th place with 12 points from 14 games. Sporting Clube de Goa are at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 15 matches.

In their inaugural season, the Lions have played four matches against opposition from Goa and have not lost a single game picking up eight points from a possible 12. Bharat FC will be looking for three points against a struggling Sporting side over whom the Lions prevailed by a 1-0 margin in early March this year.

After being handicapped by a raft of suspensions and injuries in their last game, Bharat FC are back to full strength. Club captain Gouramangi Singh, defensive mainstay Ravanan Dharmaraj and goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya return to Bharat FC head coach Stuart Watkiss' 18-man squad. New Zealand international striker, Kris Bright, is still recovering from a hamstring strain and his participation on Saturday is in doubt.

Watkiss wants his team to show the same hunger and passion which they demonstrated during their win over Sporting Clube de Goa when the two sides last met in March. 'We haven't had the best of months, points-wise, in April. We have played good football but we have not converted our chances. We need to be at our sharpest best as we start this month. I am confident that my team can deliver the goods and I am hopeful of a positive result on Saturday,' said the coach.

A thumping Mehrajuddin Wadoo header had given the Lions all three points in their last outing against Sporting. The experienced defender will be absent in this return-fixture as he recuperates from a knee injury. Bharat FC went down 0-2 against Bengaluru FC last Friday while Sporting Clube de Goa played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbai FC at home.

The 48-year-old Watkiss said that he was encouraged by the way his team, albeit one hit by injuries and suspension, played against Bengaluru FC and hoped that they would display more of the same fluidity against a talented Sporting outfit. 'There were some lads who debuted last week. I was really impressed by the way my team pushed and harried Bengaluru FC. We will need to replicate that performance, keep up the intensity all through the 90 minutes and ensure that we make the most of our chances. I expect a good challenging game tomorrow and the boys are pumped up for this game,' he said.

Sporting Clube de Goa's head coach, Mateus Costa, said that he expected his team to put on a strong performance and build on the recent strong run of form that his side have exhibited. 'It will be a tough game but I am confident in the ability of my team. We have started to hit our stride and I am sure my team will play good football and work hard to ensure that we get a positive result,' said Costa


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