NEROCA snapped Gokulam Kerala FC’s profitable streak at residence by holding it to a goalless draw on the Payyanad stadium right here on Thursday.
It was a disappointing efficiency from Gokulam FC which wanted a win to high the desk. The house facet was outplayed by its spirited rivals and will thank its goalkeeper Shibinraj for the draw.
The visiting Manipur facet wrested management of the midfield early within the first half to place strain on the Gokulam defence. Nevertheless, NEROCA strikers weren’t sharp sufficient to transform the possibilities that got here their method. Gokulam goalkeeper Shibinraj introduced out a pleasant save to disclaim Lunminlen Haokip within the twenty sixth minute.
Gokulam FC almost scored in opposition to the run of play within the thirtieth minute when Shijin discovered house contained in the rival field solely to see his shot rebound off the far submit. In the direction of the top of the primary half, Gokulam’s Cameroon striker Augustine Jr, who was unmarked, blasted out from shut.
Gokulam confirmed extra attacking intent within the second half and was in a position to maintain the NEROCA defence on its toes. However Shijin and Bouba Aminou tousled the possibilities they obtained contained in the field.
On the different finish, Shibin Raj was alert to parry away pictures from Lunminlen Halkip and Tangva Ragui because the match drifted to a draw. Gokulam with the draw slipped to the third spot with 15 factors whereas NEROCA moved as much as the tenth spot with seven factors.