Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2015 National Championship for Girls U-18 Quarterfinals Day 2 Results

2015 National Championship for Girls U-18 Quarterfinals Results from Day2, 13th October 2015

Match No.30- Odisha v/s Mizoram, 7:30am, Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia

Odisha hold off a very resilient Mizoram team for a 3-1 Victory
Odisha 3-1 Mizoram
Odisha beat Mizoram to qualify for semis
Final Score: Odisha 3- 1 Mizoram

Goal Scorers For Odisha:
Swarnapriya Nayak (29 Min)
Arati Sethi (43 Min)
Susmita Dalei (45 Min)

Goal Scorer For Mizoram:
B. Vanlalhriattiri (41 Min)

Odisha score 3 goals in the first half and thwart a very offence oriented Mizoram team to score a hard fought 3-1 victory over Mizoram in their first quarter-finals match played at Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia. Odisha boasting of 10 International players in their squad were the clear favourites entering into this highly contested match. Mizoram started off well and look threatening right from the opening whistle. The Mizoram team also withstood 2 quick counter attack moves in the first 20 minutes of play by Odisha and their captain Lalduhawmi stood tall in defense. Against the run of play, Odisha scored a goal in the 29th min with a fine volley from Swarnapriya Nayak giving Odisha a 1-0 lead. Mizoram, stunned by the goal having dominated proceedings so far, fought back and tried hard for an equalizer. Their hard work bore fruit and Mizoram scored an equalizer in the 41 min with goal from long throw in by B. Vanlalhriattiri. Odisha team had a sense of composure and calm over them and the equalizer did not seem to deter their spirits. Odisha got a goal gifted to them in the 43rd min with a defense lapse by Mizoram with the weak back pass to the Goalkeeper. The ball did not carry along well and the Odisha forward and India International Arati Sethi exploited the situation and scored using a simple tap in goal. The 2nd goal gave Odisha a 2-1 lead. Anima Malik and Jasmani Samad combined brilliantly upfront for Odisha to create numerous scoring opportunities. One such quick 1-2 passing between the duo and a neat pass forward to Susmita Dalei led to a nice goal in the 45th min to give Odisha a commanding 3-1 lead going into the half-time break. Coming out of the half-time break, a rejuvenated Mizoram team went into the offensive right from the start of the second half and tried really hard to break down Odisha’s tight defense line. Eva Panna, Jabamani Tudu, Janaki Murmu showed their International class and did not provide any room for the hard fighting Mizoram forwards. Odisha slowly settled into the match and took control of the game with a strong midfield play by Arati Sethi, Sasmita Behera and Laxmi Munda. Mizoram had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by the Referee in the 70th min. Both sides were evenly matched and made good attempts to make inroads and break the opposition’s defense. Mizoram held the ball for most parts of the match and seemed to be the team in control of the match, but Odisha’s neat finishing in offense and good composure in defense was the difference maker between the two sides. The match ended with the final score of 3-1 in favour of Odisha.
Odisha next play Goa on 15th Oct, 2015 at 7:30am at Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim and it is poised to be a very interesting match with Goa entering the match in a must-win situation having lost their first match against Delhi earlier today with a margin of 0-2. Mizoram take on a psychologically boosted Delhi side having thumped Goa in their opening Quarter-Finals match at Raia Panchayat Ground at 7:30am on 15th Oct, 2015.

Match No.31: Delhi v/s Goa, 7:30am, Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim

Delhi stuns Goa with a 2-0 victory in their opening quarterfinals match.
U18 Girls National Football Championship: Delhi 2-0 Goa
Delhi stun Goa in the quarterfinals of U-18 Girls National Championship
Final Score: Delhi 2-0 Goa

Goal Scorers for Delhi:
Meghna Arora (43 Min)
Anushka Samuel (78 Min)

Delhi girls U-18 squad scored a very impressive 2-0 over hosts, Goa in their opening quarterfinals match played at Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim in the ongoing National Football Championship for Girls U-18. Goa entered the match as the clear favourites having had impressive wins in their group stage matches. Delhi however entered the match with a plan of their own and stuck by a very gritty effort and disciplined play for the entire 90mins duration to thump the hosts, 2-0. Goa were a little unlucky on a couple of occasions with the ball hitting the crossbar twice which seemed like definite goals for Goa. Meghna Arora scored the first goal for Delhi in the 43rd min and Delhi went into the half-time break with a slender lead of 1-0. Goa kept pushing hard for an equalizer but their key players, Velanie Fernandes, Cianna Lobo and Anline Fernandes were marked brilliantly by the Delhi defense on a one-on-one strategic game play. The Delhi team did not give much room for Goa midfielders to create plays and minimized the goal scoring opportunities for the Goan forwards. As Goa went ahead in trying to find an equalizer, it started creating big gapes in their defense line. Delhi against the run of play made a nice counter attack move and scored a second goal against Goa in the 78 min with the boots of their India team International player Anushka Samuel. The second goal dampened the Goan girls spirits and the match ended with the final score of 2-0 in favour of underdogs of this tournament, team Delhi.
All is not lost for Goa and they still stand a strong chance of making it into the Semi-Finals if they overcome a strong Odisha side and a gritty & talented Mizoram side in their next 2 quarter finals league matches.

Upcoming Fixtures/Matches on 14th October, 2015:

Match No. 32: Bihar v/s Maharashtra, 7:30am, Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim
Match No. 33: Jharkhand v/s Manipur, 7:30am, Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia

Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2015: Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters

Hero ISL 2015 Results: 13th October
Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters FC in Hero ISL 2015 clash,
Picture Courtesy: ISL
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2015 Results
Atletico de Kolkata 2-1 Kerala Blasters FC
ATK: Izumi Arata(6th), Javi Lara(53rd)
KBFC: Chris Dagnall(80th)

ISL Emerging Player of the Match - Izumi Arata (Atlético de Kolkata)
Hero of the Match - Javi Lara (Atlético de Kolkata)

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dominant Oman beat Team India 3-0 in Muscat

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Oman 3-0 India
Oman make easy work of India in the Russia 2018
World Cup Qualifier played in Oman on Tuesday in Muscat
Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2
Group D
Sultan Qaboos Stadium, Muscat, Oman
Oman 3-0 India
Oman: Ahmed Mubarak(55th), Abdul Maqbali(67th and 84th)

An Official AIFF Press Release

A superior Oman blanked India 0-3 in the Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 Match at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Muscat on Tuesday (October 13). A winless India stay at the bottom of the Group as they are yet to garner any point.

Much like the rhythmic beat of the drums in the stands which started an hour prior to the kick-off and ran all throughout, Oman attacked relentlessly on the field. It just continued.

And had it not been for the huge Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who stood in between, the margin could have been wider.

Head Coach Stephen admitted the Players “ran out” of steam.

“The lack of training time was visible on the ground. We went into two back to back away matches with just four and half hours of training on the pitch and it had a toll on us. In the second half, we ran out of gas,” he maintained at the Official post-match Media Interaction.

“We came to try and get something out of the game. International Football is all about fitness. From the work rate point of view, all my Players were excellent but when you don’t have the legs, your technique suffers,” he added.

“Gurpreet made some decent saves. This was his third International match for him as it is for many who played,” Constantine stated.

The flurry of attacks on the Indian citadel kicked-off as soon as it kicked-off. Oman dominated, pushed India back but were not able to break the deadlock in the first half. Riding on their speed, they tried to keep the Indian defence guessing but the defence anticipated, recovered and cleared.

Oman who earned 10 corners in the first half were unlucky to have been denied by the post in the 22nd minute as both Teams headed to the interval goalless.

The break, however, wasn’t able to stem the flow of attacks at the Indian goal. The first goal seemed inevitable any moment. But just prior to Oman taking the lead, India had their best chance of the match in the 54th minute. And it came completely against the run of play.

Jeje Lalpajhlua was fed by Cavin Lobo in the clear but the former was slow off the blocks as he entered the box. The rival defence, not surprisingly, recovered, and cleared.

Oman weren’t in any mood to show any mercy. With the “gas running out,” it seemed easier for them. They scored two more, Gurpreet, despite stretching himself to the full, wasn’t able to thwart them.

INDIA: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Rino Anto (Aiborlang Khongjee – 80th), Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das; Francis Fernandes, Rowlin Borges(Sehnaj Singh – 46th), Cavin Lobo (Robin Singh – 70th), Bikash Jairu, Sunil Chhetri ©, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

Monday, October 12, 2015

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India face tough Oman away fixture

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Oman vs India
Oman vs India, 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Picture Courtesy: Debjit Majumdar
2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Preliminary Round 2
Group D
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Oman vs India
Kick Off: 8 PM IST
Live Telecas: Sony Kix

India face a stern task when they face Oman in the return leg of 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Preliminary Round 2. With four defeats from four games, India sits rock bottom of the group and Stephen Constantine's boys have a real tough task to get any points in the group when they face a strong Oman side who defeated them 2-1 in Bengaluru.

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri spoke about keeping the run of bad resuts away as he was quoted saying, "We aim to keep all the negatives away and not project it as a reason as to why we are weak."

Stephen Constine "It will be a very difficult match for us. Oman are one of the most underrated Teams and most importantly, they know to play Football."
Oman vs India: Chhetri and Constantine
Indian National Team coach Stephen Constantine(left) and Captain Sunil Chhetri
during the pre-match press conference, Oman vs India, World Cup Qualifers,
Picture Courtesy:

Despite a total of 40 hours delay because of bad weather conditions in their way to Oman from Turkmenistan, Stephen Constaine was quick to ignore the problematic circumstances saying, "It’s not the best preparation as we go into the match, but again, it is what it is."

On the opponents Constantine said, "There are some Players in the Oman side who are really good. Over the years, Oman have stayed consistent and to me their result against Iran wasn’t surprising at all. We have respect for Oman but we are here to play and we will fight. We didn’t come here to lose. We don’t go anywhere to lose."

Despite the poor run of form Stephen Constantine's Team India saw a number of fresh faces. He said, "I have been here for seven games and am trying to build a Team for the next 5 years as it was necessary to induce new blood."

Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh will miss out the match due to suspension.

The match is slated to kicks-off at IST 8PM on Tuesday, 13th October 2015.

2015 National Championship for Girls U-18 Quarterfinals Day 1 Results

U-18 Girls Football Championship 2015 Quarterfinals
Manipur gets the better of Maharashtra in a thrilling 9 goal encounter in quarterfinals of 2015 Junior National Championship for Girls U-18, Goa
Match No.28- Manipur v/s Maharashtra, 7:30am, Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia

Manipur overcome Maharashtra in a trilling 5-4 match played at Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia.

Final Score: Manipur 5- 4 Maharashtra

Goal Scorers For Manipur:
N.Ratanbala Devi (9 Min, 18 Min, 28 Min)
Kashmina (24min, 79 Min)

Goal Scorers For Maharashtra:
Bhagyashree Dalvi (12 Min, 39 Min)
Pooja Dhamal (56 Min)
Jyoti Mehra (90 Min)

Manipur opened the scoring with their ace striker and captain, N. Ratanbala Devi in the 9th min with a good strike at goal. Maharashtra stunned by the early goal, regrouped quickly and scored a goal in the 12th min with the boots of Bhagyashree Dalvi to restore parity. Kasmina and N. Ratanbala Devi combined really well for the 3rd straight match in this ongoing Junior National Championship and were a class apart upfront for a strong Manipur side boasting of 10 International players in their side who have represented Team India in the past. The striking duo of Kashmina and Ratanbala combined to score 3 quick goals in the 18 min, 24 min and 28min of play to give Manipur a commanding 4-1 lead in just under 30 minutes of play. The 3 quick goals which included a hat-trick for N. Ratanbala Devi stunned Maharashtra but they slowly started to get a grip of their gameplay and their dependable midfielder Smriti Girish started pushing the ball forward into the oppositions half. Maharashtra’s resilient efforts bore fruit and Bhagyashree Dalvi pulled one back for Maharashtra in the 39 min for a halftime score of 4-2 in favour of Manipur.

Coming out of the half-time break, Maharashtra seemed to have one clear vision and that is to attack the opposition’s goal. The whole team had a different level of energy and zeal to get into the oppositions half and put tremendous pressure on the Manipur backline and goalkeeper. The captain of Maharashtra Pooja Dhamal scored a goal in the 56 min to bring Maharashtra closer with a score line of 4-3 in favour of Manipur. The goal made the match a very interesting affair with both teams working extra hard to get a control of the match. Maharashtra kept pressing for an equalizer and did make some good attempts at goal but Manipur’s backline stood strong and the mid-fielders started playing defensive half positions roles to thwart all attacks made by Maharashtra. With Maharashtra making all efforts to find the all-important equalizer started leaving big gaps in their defense and one such lapse was exploited by Manipur with a good counter attack goal by Kashmina in the 79 min giving Manipur a comfortable 5-3 lead with just over 10 minutes left on the clock. Maharashtra did not back down and kept moving forward. There was good crowd support for Maharashtra and they kept urging them to move forward. Maharashtra managed to pull one goal back with a goal from Jyoti Mehra in the 90th min but it was a little too late for Maharashtra and Manipur walked away deservedly victorious with the final score of 5-4.

Maharashtra now plays Bihar on the 14th of Oct at 7:30 am at Rosary Sports Complex at Navelim and it is poised to be an interesting match with Bihar boosting of confidence having overcome a strong Jharkhand team earlier today.

Manipur competes against Jharkhand on the 14th of Oct at 7:30 am at Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia. So far, Manipur has appeared to be the team to beat with their highly disciplined play and strong frontline attacking duo of N. Ratanbala Devi and Kashmina leading in goals tally and created opportunities at goal in this championship.

Bihar 4-3 Jharkhand
Bihar defeated Jharkhand in the quarterfinals of the U-18 Girls Championship 2015, Goa
Match No.29: Jharkhand v/s Bihar, 7:30am, Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim

Bihar gets the better of Jharkhand with an injury time goal to give Bihar a stunning 4-3 victory.

Final Score: Bihar 4-3 Jharkhand

Goal Scorers For Bihar:
Shyama Rani (6min, 85 Min)
Archana Kumari (35 Min)
Neha Kumari (90+1 Min)

Goal Scorers For Jharkhand:
Purnima Linda (18 Min)
Anamika Kumari (41 Min)
Puja Kumari (48 Min)

Bihar and Jharkhand have probably played one of the most thrilling encounters so far in the ongoing Junior National Football Championship for Girls U-18. Bihar started off really well with good enthusiasm to move forward and take a crack at the opposition’s goal. The early good start was compensated with a goal in the very 6th minute of play from the boots of forward Shyama Rani. The early goal boosted the confidence of the Bihar team and they started to move the ball around really well with their midfielders Tara Khatoon and Surbhi Kumari maintaining a strong midfield line for Bihar. Jharkhand having experienced players of the likes of Binita Kerketta and Rekha Oraon managed to get the ball back and Jharkhand found the equalizer in the 18th min with Purnima Linda finding the back of the net. India International Archana Kumari put Bihar ahead with a goal in the 35th min and Bihar went in the lead with a slim margin of 2-1. Being a goal down, Jharkhand went into an attacking mode and starting putting a lot of pressure onto the opposition’s goal. Anamika Kumari scored in the 41st min to restore parity for Jharkhand and both teams went into the half-time break with a score line of 2-2.

Jharkhand came out of the half-time break with an attacking mode and scored in the early minutes of the second half with a goal by Puja Kumari in the 48th min to give Jharkhand a 3-2 lead. Jharkhand held on to the lead for a long period of time and the game seemed to be poised to go in favour of Jharkhand with very little time left on the clock. Bihar backline and midfielders slowly started to move forward and taking risks and chances to find the equalizer. The experienced Shyama Rani scored a goal in the 85th min of play and both teams were now on equal footing with 3-3 margin. The equalizing goal brought in new energy into the Bihar side which exploited the opportunity and kept pressing to find a winning goal before the end of regulation time. Against all odds, Bihar scored a stunning winning goal in injury time (90+1 min) with Neha Kumari giving Bihar a big psychological 4-3 victory over their neighbors Jharkhand.

Upcoming Fixtures/Matches for Group II on 13th Oct, 2015:

Match No.30: Odisha v/s Mizoram, 7:30am, Raia Panchayat Ground, Raia
Match No.31: Delhi v/s Goa, 7:30am, Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2015: Mendoza's hat-trick sinks FC Goa

Mendoza Valencia's hat-trick saw Chennayin FC hammer FC Goa in Hero Indian Super League(ISL) clash,
Picture Courtesy: ISL
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2015 Results
FC Goa 0-4 Chennayin FC
CFC: Mendoza Valencia(10th,63rd,75th), Elano(43rd)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match - Jayesh Rane (Chennaiyin FC)
Hero of the Match - Stiven Mendoza (Chennaiyin FC)

U-18 Girls National Football Championship 2015 Results: 10th October 2015

U-18 Girls National Football Championship 2015 Results: 10th October
Goa defeated Telengala to enter quarter finals of U-18 Girls Championship 2015
U-18 Girls National Football Championship 2015 Results

Goa 5-0 Telengana
Goa Goal Scorers: Velanie Fernandes(2 Goals), Sushmita Jadhav, Anline Sharmila Fernandes, Lifa Gama

Goa moved into the quarterfinal league round of the Junior National Football Championship for Girls organised by Goa Football Association in association with the All India Football Federation.

In the final preliminary league match of Group F played on Saturday morning at Rosary Sports Complex Navelim, the Goan girls huffed and puffed their way past a spirited Telangana. In the end, the score read 5 - 0, but the final score concealed a sorry tale of poor finishing, and disintegrated midfield play. Goa will need to pull up their socks as they now face far superior opponents in the quarterfinal league.

Skipper Velanie Fernandes gave Goa the lead in the 4 minute of the match. The lead was further consolidated by striker Sushmita Jadhav in the 15th minute and medio Anline Sharmila Fernandes in the 18th minute. Lifa Gama added to Telangana's woes when she slotted home in the 38 minute, giving Goa a comfortable lead of 4-0 at halftime. After half time, the Goan girls seemed to relax and seemed slightly off-color. Velanie Fernandes scored her second goal of the match in the second half with a pile driver that landed safely into the Telangana net.

With the victory, Goa have been grouped into Group II of the quarterfinal league along with Orissa, Delhi and Mizoram.

Uttar Pradesh 2-1 West bengal
Jharkhand Goal Scorers:Mamta Kumari(2 Goals), Anamika Kumari and Asha Kumari

In the second match held at Rosary Sports Complex, Navelim, Uttar Pradesh beat West Bengal 2 - 1. Pinki Kumari and Kajal Patel gave Uttar Pradesh a 2 - 0 lead, before captain Jyoti Sharma reduced the margin for West Bengal.

In the first match at Raia Panchayat grounds, Jharkhand got the better of Assam 4 - 0, with two goals coming from the boots of Mamta Kumari. Anamika Kumari and Asha Kumari chipped in with a goal each.

Bihar 8-0 Madhya Pradesh
Bihar Goal Scorers: Surbhi Kumari(2 Goals), Neha Kumari(2 Goals), Tara Khatoon(2 Goals), Archana Kumari and Shyama Rani

In the second match at Raia, Bihar beat Madhya Pradesh 8 - 0. The Bihar girls led 1 - 0 at half time. Tara Khatoon, Surbhi Kumari and Neha Kumari scored a brace each. Archana Kumari and Shyama Rani chipped in with a goal each.
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