ArticlesThe RewindTHE REWIND : OFC vs KBFC

January 13, 2022by KBFC Media
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Kerala Blasters pulled a 2-0 win over Odisha FC here in Tilak Maidan, Vasco. Nishu Kumar and Harmanjot Khabra inscribed their names in the scoresheet as we registered our fifth win of the season.

The Gaffer ran in 2 changes to the final team as Nishu Kumar got his first start of the season replacing injured Jessel and Sipovic returning to the starting eleven. Luna was named as the captain for the night. In the initial minutes Blasters looked bright with the ball. The men-in-yellow enjoyed a good spell of ball possession and Odisha FC was looking forward to getting a proper start. The front-four of KBFC combined well to create a chance in the 6th minute and Sahal got the ball at the end, but his effort to find a goal was saved by Arshdeep.

Nishu Kumar’s maiden goal in yellow came in the 28th minute. Luna’s ball from the centre of the pitch found him just inside the box. He received the ball and adjusted it well to take a shot. His curving super shot to the net was so accurate and gave no chance to Arshdeep. Even after taking the lead, Blasters continued to press high.

It was Alvaro who started the move for the second goal of the night. He controlled the ball near the right side of the box and gave it to Diaz. The Argentine did well to shoot the ball but it got deflected-off by an OFC defender. Luna amped up for the corner-kick and he whipped-in the ball to the near post. Khabra, who had been waiting for his first goal in yellow, flicked the ball into the net without any mistake. Blasters made some quick, one-two-one passes to beat OFC defense again but we lacked accuracy. Sahal got an exquisite chance to extend the lead but his shot was weak to find the net.

Second half started well for Odisha. They tried to break our defense through crosses from both flanks. Prabhsukhan Gill pulled out a fantastic save to deny Jonathas Cristian. Kerala Blasters continued to look for a chance to score and controlled the game well with high pressing and defensive stability. Coach flurried in some changes in the late part of second half as Prasanth, Ayush, Chencho and Givson Singh secured some minutes in the pitch. Deep in the second half Alvaro-Diaz combination was about to upgrade the lead but the square-pass from the Spaniard didn’t quite reach Diaz. Odisha tried to turn their fortunes around but KBFC always kept good pressure on them. Match ended after five minutes of additional time and Blasters picked up the 3 points in a promising way.

Harmanjot Singh Khabra who scored his maiden goal for KBFC was named as Hero of the Match. With this win we now are again at the pole position in the league table with 20 points from 11 games. Also we have extended our unbeaten run to 10 games. KBFC will be in action again on 16th January, 2022 against Mumbai City FC.

KBFC XI:- Prabhsukhan Singh Gill(GK), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Ruivah Hormipam, Enes Sipovic, Nishu Kumar, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna(C), Sahal Abdul Samad, Alvaro Vazquez Garcia, Jorge Pereyra Diaz.

Subs:- Karanjit Singh(GK), Yendrembam Denechandra Meitei, Sanjeev Stalin, Bijoy V, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Ayush Adhikari, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Chencho Gyeltshen, Vincy Barretto.

OFC XI:- Arshdeep Singh(GK), Hendry Antonay, Hector Rodas Ramirez, Sahil Panwar, Lalruatthara, Victor Mongil(C), Liridon Krasniqi, Isaac Chhakchhuak, Javier Hernandez, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandakumar Sekar.

Subs:- Ravi Kumar(GK), Lalhrezuala Sailung, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Nikhil Prabhu, Paul Ramfangzuava, Thoiba Singh, Jonathas Cristian, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Chhangte Van Lal Remtluanga.

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