Thursday, March 30, 2023

Sreekuttan retains Gokulam’s clear dwelling report intact

Sreekuttan scoring the match-winner for Gokulam towards Rajasthan United.
| Photograph Credit score: Sakeer Hussain

Gokulam Kerala FC saved its excellent dwelling report intact with a 1-0 win over Rajasthan United FC in a Hero I league match on the Payyanad Stadium on Monday. The third win at dwelling took Gokulam FC.’s factors tally to 14 and to the second spot within the desk.

After being outplayed within the first half, Gokulam shrugged off its passiveness within the second and scored off its first incisive transfer.

However the match-winner got here towards the run of play as Gokulam broke away with a swift counter-attack within the 51st minute. V.S. Sreekuttan entered the field, hoodwinked his challenger Melroy Melwin and crashed a shot into the highest of the online.

The objective set the template for remainder of the match for Gokulam, which waited for possibilities to counter-attack as Rajasthan looked for the elusive equaliser. The Gokulam defence was higher organised within the second half to thrust back the risk from Rajasthan.

The customer should be ruing the probabilities it missed within the first half when it was clearly the higher facet. Exhibiting higher adaptability on a soggy pitch, Rajasthan chalked out promising strikes that compelled the host to be defensive.

Early within the first half, Bektur Amangeldiev compelled an excellent save from Gokulam goalkeeper Shibinraj, who punched out the stinging shot for a nook. Uruguayan Martin Chaves, who proved to be a relentless nuisance to the Gokulam defence on the best flank, fizzed a shot over the objective from shut within the twentieth minute.

Nevertheless, Gokulam ended the first-half strongly with its Cameroon striker Boum Somilaga’s reverse kick inducing an excellent save from Rajasthan ‘keeper A.S. Vishal.

The end result: Gokulam Kerala FC 1 (V.S. Sreekuttan 51) bt Rajasthan United FC 0.

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