ArticlesThe RewindTHE REWIND : KBFC vs ATKMB

February 20, 2022by KBFC Media Desk
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THE REWIND : KBFC vs ATKMB

KBFC played an exciting 2-2 draw against ATKMB at the Tilak Maidan stadium, Vasco. Adrian Luna’s brace and a goal each from David Williams and Joni Kauko gave both teams a point.

Coach made two changes to the final eleven as Marko and Khabra returned after the suspension and he fielded the usual 4-4-2 formation. Both the teams had a good start to the game as the ball kept on moving from one half of the pitch to the other. Our front four was combining well from the initial minutes. Six minutes into the game, McHugh made contact with Sahal outside the box and the referee blew the whistle for a free-kick. Luna, who looked confident to take the free-kick from that promising spot, literally produced an outstanding effort with accuracy and technique to hand KBFC the lead. But, ATKMB equalized from the very next movement through David Williams. Pritam Kotal’s pass from the right flank was perfect for the Australian to make a flick and score.

After those early goals, both teams slowed the game down to a bit. But chances were created at both ends. Jorge Diaz, who continuously pressurized the opposite defence, got a golden opportunity to regain the lead for KBFC, but Amrinder saved the attempt and the ball went for a corner. In the 37th minute, after setting up an attack from a corner, Puitea tried his luck with a powerful strike inside the box from an acute angle, but once again Amrinder saved ATKMB.

First real attack in the second half fell for the Blasters. Jorge Diaz cleverly took on the defender coming towards him and went for goal, but the goalkeeper somehow got a hand to it. It was the Argentine again, who got the second chance in the second-half and produced a shot which was saved by Amrinder to send the ball for a corner. Luna delivered the set-piece and stood in a good position, and after 2 or 3 passes the ball came for him. Once again, the Uruguayan wizard hit the goal with accuracy and technique and KBFC took the lead in the game for the second time.

KBFC tried to defend the lead and attacked whenever a chance opened up. ATKMB created near goal chances but the men in yellow defended their flurry of attacks as a team. In the stoppage time, Alvaro received a ball from middle of the pitch and he carried it till the ATKMB box, gave the pass to Vincy who has been running with the Spaniard. Amrinder was totally beaten by that move, but Vincy’s attempt on goal hit the post and came back. Prabir Das received a red card for his furious reaction and attempt to injure Luna, after a coming together between them. With seconds to go for the final whistle, ATKMB broke KBFC’s heart through Joni Kauko’s goal from outside the box. Gill got a hand to the ball but his efforts weren’t enough to deny the goal. Following the goal, the referee pulled out two red cards for the antics in the dugout for Jorge Diaz and an ATKMB supporting staff.

KBFC remains in fourth position, with 27 points from 16 games. We played with pure determination in this game and will be looking forward to continuing the progress in the coming matches. Kerala Blasters will be in action again on 23 February, 2022 against table-toppers Hyderabad FC.

KBFC XI:- Prabhsukhan Singh Gill(GK), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Bijoy V, Marko Leskovic, Sandeep Singh Soraisham, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna(C), Sahal Abdul Samad, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez Garcia.

Subs:- Karanjit Singh(GK), Sanjeev Stalin, Enes Sipovic, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Vincy Barretto, Chencho Gyeltshen, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Rahul KP.

ATKMB XI:- Amrinder Singh(GK), Pritam Kotal(C), Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhashish Bose, Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues, Joni Kauko, Liston Colaco, Mancir Singh, David Williams.

Subs:- Arsh Anwar Sheikh(GK), Prabir Das, Roy Krishna, Hugo Boumous, Ashutosh Mehta, Kiyan Nassiri Giri, Michael Soosairaj, Bidyananda Singh, Sumit Rathi.

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