A disappointing night for the yellow army as the Islanders took home all 3 points.
After taking all 3 points against Hyderabad FC, much was expected from the team which had shown signs of improvement. However, it was not our night as Mumbai City FC won the match.
Head Coach Kibu made 2 changes to the starting lineup from the previous win. Costa came back from injury and replaced Abdul Hakku at the back while Puitea replaced Rahul KP.
The game started with Costa giving away a penalty in the 2nd minute itself due to a sloppy back pass by Vicente Gomez. Adam Le Fondre calmly hit the penalty as the ball went through the legs of Albino Gomez. Our team started attacking and pressing soon after but again conceded another goal due to poor positioning by our defenders as Hugo Boumous scored the goal through an Ahmed Jahouh assist. Our team did not stop its pressing and attacking game even after the goal as the team got its share of chances. Sahal Abdul Samad was the main man during the first half as he was all around the pitch defending, attacking, and creating chances for the team. Sahal got his chances to find a goal a fair number of times only to hit the ball off target as the team was left disappointed in the first half. The team even failed to convert other chances as they were denied by the solid Amrinder Singh between the goal post and a strong Mourtada Fall who denied every chance as the Blasters tried to get a goal back.
The second half was no different as our team continued their attacking and pressing gameplan. However, similar to the first half the team failed to convert their chances even when the Mumbai defense looked sloppy at times. Puitea was replaced by Rahul KP on the pitch in the 61st minute of the game. During the 70th minute, Sandeep Singh gave away a penalty for a foul on Hugo Boumos which was later saved by our keeper, the only positive point on an overall sad night. Vicente Gomez tried to reduce the deficit to 1 goal during the 76th minute as he struck a volley on the turn towards an empty goal from outside the box only to be denied as the ball hit the crossbar after a finger tip save from Amrinder. Kibu Vicuna looked frustrated throughout the match due to the inability of our players to convert their chances, Sahal in particular. Seityasen Singh replaced Sahal in the 80th minute and immediately had an impact as he delivered a beautiful low cross inside the box, however, it did not materialize as our attackers failed to get on the end of it. Givson Singh replaced Vicente Gomez on the pitch in the 86th Minute for the team’s third substitution of the match.
Although sloppy in defense, our team looked strong attacking wise. But our attackers failed to convert their chances as Mumbai won the match 2-0. In the post-match press conference, Kibu Vicuna was quick to address the issue that the team failed to convert the chances. Kibu told that, “I think no other team has created as many chances as we have against Mumbai City this season. It’s a very difficult task to do. They are complete in their defense. But we created chances whenever we could have and converting them is an aspect that we have to continue working on this season.”
Kibu also appreciated the team’s play in the second half as he told that, “I liked very much how the team fought in the second half and were proactive”. He also said, “Sahal will improve with each game. He has to work on his finishing.”
KBFC (4-3-3): Albino Gomes; Nishu Kumar, Costa Nhamoinesu, Sandeep Singh, Jessel Carneiro; Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Jeakson Singh; Puitea, Facundo Pereyra, Jordan Murray
SUBS-Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Prasanth K, Abdul Hakku, Denechandra Meitei, Lalruatthara, Givson Singh, Seithyasen Singh, Rohit Kumar, Rahul KP, Ayush Adhikari
MCFC(4-2-3-1): Amrinder Singh, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Desai, Hernan Santana, Rowllin Borges, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh, Adam Le Fondre
SUBS- Phurba Lachenpa, Mohamad Rakip, Mehtab Singh, Sarthak Golui, CY Goddard, Vikram Pratap Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Farukh Choudhary, Bartholomew Ogbeche