Category: Federation Cup

Federation Cup: Chennai City cap the campaign with win over Churchill


CUTTACK: Chennai City FC lodged their first win of the ongoing 38th edition of the Federation Cup after the Chennai outfit defeated Churchill Brothers 3-1 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha today.

Despite the win, Chennai City FC bow out of the Federation Cup along with Churchill Brothers, while both Aizawl FC and Kingfisher East Bengal qualify for the semi-finals of the Tournament.

Strikes by Dhanpal Ganes (18’), Edwin Sydney (61’) and Brazilian Charles de Souza (79’) led Chennai City FC to three points, leapfrogging Churchill Brothers to finish the Hero Federation Cup in third place in Group A with three points, after Brandon Fernandes scored from the spot in the 81st minute. Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers find themselves at the bottom of Group A with one point and no wins in three matches.

Both teams played the first half of the game with caution and while Churchill Brothers dominated possession, it was Chennai City FC that attacked the break and scored to lead 1-0 at half-time.

In the 18th minute, Dhanpal Ganesh bombarded into the penalty box after stealing possession and his shot from a tight angle flew past Naveen Kumar into the back of the net to hand Chennai the lead. Brandon Fernandes in the 31st minute rattled the woodwork from a free-kick 25 yards out for Churchill Brothers.

There was even less action in the second half as both Teams cancelled each other out on the midfield tactically. Bright moments came for Chennai City FC in the form of Dhanpal Ganesh who took on more of an attacking role, linking play between the midfield and the final third.

In the 59th minute, Brandon Fernandes took it upon him to score the equaliser but his shot could only crash against the side-netting after he wriggled into the box from the left flank.

Two minutes later Chennai City FC doubled their lead after Edwin Sydney’s shot from inside the box crept into the back of the net leaving Naveen Kumar wrong-footed. Charles de Souza tripled Chennai City’s lead in the 79th minute after his powerful shot crashed into the net leaving the Churchill custodian stunned.

Churchill Brothers were awarded a penalty in the 81st minute and Brandon Fernandes stepped up to finish the spot kick with ease and reduce Churchill’s deficit. However, it was too late for a comeback and the full-time scoreline read 3-1 in favour of Chennai City FC.

Federation Cup: Lajong face DSK Shivajains in last Group-B game


Shillong 11th May: Shillong Lajong will meet Pune based I-League club, DSK Shivajians in the last Group B of the Federation Cup 2017 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Fridat at 4PM. The match will broadcast live on Ten 2.

Thangboi Singto’s young brigade failed to register victories in their last two outings, going down by similar score line of 3-2 against Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan AC on 8th and 10th May respectively. So far, the goals for Lajong have come from Yuta Kinowaki who scored one goal each against BFC and Mohun Bagan while Samuel Lalmuanpuia netted one versus Bengaluru FC.

Meanwhile, DSK Shivajians lost their first game to Mohun Bagan by 4-0 on 8th May and emerged as the winners in their last game against Bengaluru FC on Wednesday by 2-0. Juan Quero scored a brace in the 71st and 76th minute of the match and they picked up their first three points from the Federation Cup Group B.

It was in Pune on April 8 when the two teams played each other the last time in an I-League match. Shillong Lajong emerged victorious after Redeem Tlang scored a goal in stoppage time to seal three points from the game.

As it currently stands, Mohun Bagan are at the top of Group B table with 6 points (GD +5), Bengaluru FC is on second with 3 points (GD -1), DSK Shivajians is on 3 points as well (GD -2) and Shillong Lajong is on zero points (GD -2).

Shillong Lajong will go all out and settle for nothing less than a victory in their final group B fixture on Friday. The match will be televised live on Ten 2.

Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan edge Lajong to reach semifinals


CUTTACK: Defending Champions Mohun Bagan marched on to their second win of the ongoing 38th edition of the Federation Cup in as many matches, after Sanjoy Sen’s men defeat Shillong Lajong 3-2 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha today (May 10, 2017).

Strikes by Darryl Duffy (5’), Sony Norde (27’) and Katsumi Yusa (43’) cancelled out Pritam Kotal’s 3rd-minute own goal and Yuta Kinowaki’s 80th-minute goal to aid the Mariners’ quest in progressing to the semi-final round. Currently, Mohun Bagan sit on top of Group B with six points out of two matches.

The opening minutes of the match had it all. An own goal, a goal and a header which kissed the left pole, only to bounce back into play. It all started in the 3rd minute when Pritam Kotal scored in his own net in an attempt to clear a cross, to hand Lajong the lead, much to the Reds’ astonishment. In the 5th minute, the Mariners equalised proceedings.

Darryl Duffy rounded off Vishal Kaith after the Lajong custodian had come way out of his lines, giving ample of time to the Bagan forward. Duffy steered the ball past a hapless Kaith and passed it into the net to bring the team back on level pegging after a frantic opening five minutes.

There was still more action to come and Lajong rattled the post in the 7th minute after Samuel Shadap’s thumping header missed the target by a whisker. Six minutes later, Lajong’s defence line made a goal-line clearance after Darryl Duffy’s shot from a tight angle tested their waters.

The pairing of Duffy upfront with Balwant Singh proved to be a handful for Lajong defenders and Sony Norde’s ability to carry the ball from midfield added more to their woes. The Mariners strike force assisted on the wings by Katsumi Yusa played with intent and fluidity. Norde set up Duffy in the 19th minute, but the latter could only shoot it over the bar.

Sony Norde, in the 27th minute, handed Mohun Bagan the lead when he sweet-timed a freekick from 25 yards out and sent the ball curling into the back of the net. In the 39th minute, Darryl Duffy could have extended Bagan’s lead but Vishal Kaith made a quick reflex save to deny him from close range.

But four minutes later Katsumi Yusa had other plans as he bundled home a Sony Norde shot which was going wide of the goal on the far post to double Bagan’s lead. The half-time scoreline read 3-1 in Mohun Bagan’s favour.

Even in the second half Bagan did not take a breather and got into the thick of things. Substitute Prabir Das came close to scoring in the 54th minute after his shot was saved by Kaith.

A pale complexion of the first half, the Mariners played deep and soaked up the pressure piled by Thangboi Singto’s men. Issac came close to scoring in the 58th minute but Debjit proved a fraction quicker than him and collected the ball.

The defensive pairing of Anas and Eduardo did not allow the Lajong forwards time on the ball, while the Bagan midfield dropped back to beef numbers in defence and safeguard the lead. However, Yuta Kinowaki scored in the 80th minute to reduce Lajong’s deficit after a lapse in defence let the Japanese unfurl a venomous shot.

The full-time scoreline read 3-2 in Mohun Bagan’s favour.

Federation Cup: DSK beat Bengaluru to breathe life into campaign


CUTTACK: DSK Shivajians bounced back to life on Wednesday to stay alive in Group B when they downed Bengaluru FC 2-0 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack

Second half goals from Juan Quero (71st and 76th minute) was all DSK Shivajians needed to claim their first ever win in the history of the Federation Cup.

The Pune-based side’s victory came just one day after they were stunned 4-0 by defending champions Mohun Bagan that put a dent early in the campaign on Monday.

It was DSK Shivajian  who started on a positive note, their North Korean import Kim Song Yong leading the line gave the Bengaluru FC defensive pairing a tough time. Flanked by Lallianzuala and Quero, Dave Roger’s men utilised the wings in the early minutes, searching for an early goal. In the 9th minute, Lallianzuala connected on a cross from the left flank, but he was flagged offside.

For Bengaluru, the first real chance came in the 19th minute when a corner kick was met by a thumping John Johnson header, only for the DSK to make a goal line clearance. Three minutes later, the Blues had another chance from a set piece after Juan Fernandez’s header flew inches past the DSK goal off a Cameron Watson free-kick.

Bengaluru FC despite dominating possession through the first half and enjoying healthy spells in the final third, could not make much of it. The half-time scoreline read 0-0.

The second half began in a different manner. This time it was Bengaluru FC that attacked early on and DSK custodian Subrata Pal had to make two saves – first from a Eugene shot followed by palming away a corner kick.

Sunil Chhetri in front with Daniel Lalhimpuia while Nishu Kumar gave Bengaluru FC width on the flanks as the Blues adopted an attacking stance. On the other end, however, DSK Shivajians came close to scoring had it not been Ralte’s quick reflexes.

The Bengaluru custodian in the 50th minute palmed away a Lallianzuala cross which was aimed towards Kim’s direction. With no real pressure, Kim would have had a free header if not for Ralte’s quick thinking. Shortly after, Rohit Kumar tried to catch Ralte off his lines, but the former’s shot was misguided.

With neither team fostering any real goal scoring opportunity in the remainder of the time, the match culminated in the midfield where both cancelled each other out. In the 70th minute, DSK were awarded a penalty after Lallianzuala was brought down in the box. A cool finish by Quero from the spot gave Dave Roger’s men the lead.

In the 76th minute,  Quero scored a screamer from a freekick more than 30 yards out to double DSK’s lead. Dave Rogers and his men held on to the two-goal advantage as the full-time read 2-0.

DSK Shivajian’s win means that three teams out of four find themselves level on points in Group B. While Mohun Bagan still lead Group B with three points out one match and a goal difference of +4, both DSK Shivajians and Bengaluru FC have gathered three points out of two matches played.

Federation Cup: Lajong look to recover in Bagan clash

Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC will play their second group B match against Mohun Bagan on 10th May, Wednesday at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack at 7PM. The match will broadcast live on Ten 2.

It was a disappointing first day for the Reds in Cuttack as they succumbed to a 3-2 loss versus Bengaluru FC. Udanta Singh and Eugeneson Lyngdoh provided the two goals for the winning side and their third was a defensive mistake by Lajong captain, Aiborlang Khonjee which resulted in an own goal.

Thangboi Singto’s young squad had a better second half and were pushing forward on many occasions. They first won a penalty after Sandesh Jhingan handled the ball inside the box but Reds striker, Aser Dipanda Dicka failed to convert the glorious opportunity as his shot flew over the crossbar. The Reds were eventually rewarded with a goal when Japanese midfielder, Yuta Kinowaki netted the ball past the Bengaluru keeper Ralte and Samuel Lalmuanpuia successfully converted the penalty after he was brought down inside the box. The boys tried hard to level the game but the Blues held strong till the end of the final whistle.

On the opening day of the group B games, Mohun Bagan took on DSK Shivajians in the 7PM kick off. The defending champions of the Federation Cup had a great first day as they scored four goals that came from a Balwant Singh brace, a header from Daryl Duffy and Jeje added the fourth in stoppage time.

The last time Shillong Lajong and Mohun Bagan played against each other, was in Shillong on April 12 in a Hero I-League encounter in what was one of the most thrilling and entertaining matches played at the JN Stadium. Shillong Lajong was the stronger side and gave Mohun Bagan a tough time at home. The result, however, ended with both teams sharing one point after a 1-1 draw.

Shillong Lajong Head Coach Thangboi Singto shared his thoughts on the first game and what we can expect in the next game against Mohun Bagan.
He said, “It was a very challenging first game of the Federation Cup. If we didn’t miss the penalty and didn’t concede an own goal, it would have been a different result.”

“It will be a tough game versus Mohun Bagan as we will miss the services of two key players, Dicka and Nim Dorjee, who got injured in the last match.”

“Mohun Bagan has always been a very strong side. It’s a good opportunity to play and do better this time. We will approach the game positively only”, he concluded.

Federation Cup: Robin Singh’s brace wins for East Bengal against Chennai City


CUTTACK: East Bengal defeated Chennai City FC 2-0 to register their first win in the ongoing 38th edition of the Federation Cup at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha today (May 09, 2017) leading them to garner four points out of two matches.

Chennai City FC slumped to their second defeat of the Tournament and find themselves at the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, strikes from Robin Singh (45+1’, 76’) led the Red and Golds to a hard-earned win over the Southern outfit.

East Bengal pressed for an early goal and almost took the lead in the 6th minute when Narayan Das’s header was cleared off the lines after Karanjit Singh had come out of the line to punch clear a dangerous cross. Seven minutes later, Robin Singh’s left footed shot from 25 yards earned a world class save from Karanjit to keep Chennai City FC in the game.

The Red and Golds turned on the style and piled pressure on the Chennai defence line; courtesy of attacks led by Robin Singh from the front and Wedson Anselme from the wing.

Chennai City FC recouped from soaking pressure and with Soundarajan’s team committing in midfield, Kingfisher East Bengal were kept at bay. Entwined in a battle of possession, with neither emerging victor it took a mistake Chennai City FC to open the goal gates.

In the dying embers of the first half, Robin Singh capitalised on an uncanny clearance from the Chennai City FC defence and scored from inside the box to give East Bengal the lead going into half-time.

Soundarajan’s men looked more comfortable on the ball once the second half kicked-off and attacked with fluidity, not that they were able to score the equaliser but the intent was there. In the 53rd minute, Debabrata Roy’s free kick rattled the crossbar.

Clear goalscoring chances became rare for both teams as both trod with caution. The play became largely confined to the midfield with little spells enjoyed by either team in the final third – though for Chennai City FC lack of manpower up front prevented a clear scoring opportunity, while for Kingfisher East Bengal, the Chennai defence made life difficult.

In the 72nd minute, Karanjit made a save to deny Robin’s header from close range and the Red and Golds searched for a goal to extend their lead. The second goal came in the 76th minute when Robin Singh converted from the spot after Ravanan’s handball in the box had prompted the referee to give the penalty kick.

A healthy lead of two goals all but ensured East Bengal of the win and at the end of time, the scoreline read 2-0 in their favour.

Federation Cup: Bengaluru keen on steadier show ahead of DSK challenge


Cuttack: Albert Roca called his Bengaluru FC side to iron out the creases and keep things tight as the Blues ready to take on DSK Shivajians in a Group B clash of the Federation Cup, at the Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack, on Wednesday.

Bengaluru got their campaign off to a winning start with a 3-2 defeat of Shillong Lajong on Monday but made things harder than they needed be after coasting to a 2-0 lead. And Roca believes the margin for error will keep getting lesser as the tournament progresses. “We let our guard down after getting a two-goal lead and we were almost made to pay for it. We’re happy we could come away with a win and take a lesson back with us on not letting things slip when we are in control. We’re going to have to be very cautious against DSK because one small lapse can affect how your tournament pans out,” said Roca.

DSK suffered a 4-0 defeat to Mohun Bagan in their Cup opener and while they would be keen on their first points in the tournament, the Dave Rogers-coached side will also look to set right their 7-0 defeat at the hands of the Blues only a fortnight ago in the League.

“We cannot ride on the fact that we beat DSK by a heavy margin. I said in the press conference after that game that while the result was good, it’s not one that we will be talking about the next day. The slate is clean on Wednesday and we will have to earn our points.”

The Blues suffered a minor blip when John Johnson had to be substituted at the start of the second half with a thigh injury and Roca said he is in constant touch with the medical team with updates before he decides if the English defender will take the pitch against DSK or not. Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh who sat out of the win over Lajong with fever will also be a late decision for selection.

Roca will have a lot of positives to take back from the win against Lajong. Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh seems to be getting better with every passing game while Udanta Singh has forged a good understanding with Harmanjot Khabra down the right. The game kicks off at 4 pm and will be beamed live on the Ten 2 network.

Federation Cup: Bagan begin title defence with 4-0 win over DSK


CUTTACK: Defending Champions Mohun Bagan began their title defence with a 4-0 win over DSK Shivajians in the ongoing 38th edition of the Federation Cup at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha today (May 08, 2017).

A Balwant Singh brace (24’, 71’) and a goal by Darryl Duffy header (65’) and Jeje (90+ 2’) proved enough for Sanjoy Sen’s men to start their Hero Federation Cup campaign with a win. The Mariners go top of Group A, despite being level on points with JSW Bengaluru FC (3 points each), but edging them in goal difference.

It was a cautious beginning to the match by both teams as neither committed bodies in the attack in scare of opening up their own defence and hence the match culminated in the midfield. Chances in the opening minutes were rare for both sides, even after Mohun Bagan dominated possession.

Darryl Duffy produced a sensational half-volley after Katsumi Yusa had assisted him in the attempt, but the venomous shot went past the goal in the 13th minute. DSK Shivajians wary of Mohun Bagan’s attacking threat played deep and constructed the midfield.

Sony Norde proved to be a threat from the flanks and in the 24th minute, his cross for Balwant Singh gave Bagan the lead. Balwant connected with a precise header to send the ball home, giving Mariners a solitary goal lead. The half-time scoreline read 1-0.

The DSK attack looked more comfortable going ahead in the second half. Halicharan from the wings and Sanju Pradhan from the midfield added to the numbers upfront but an experienced Bagan defence line saw all the dangers away with acumen. Even Katsumi Yusa dropped back to do the dirty work and beef up the defensive numbers for Bagan.

In the 52nd minute, Sony Norde initiated a counter attack for the Mariners from the wings. The Haitian cut in from the left flank and released a curling shot that went inches past the goal.

Eight minutes later Balwant failed to connect on a Sehnaj Singh cross from the right flank, had he connected it would easily have gone into the net.

DSK tried to breach the Bagan defence line and chances for Dave Roger’s side came. But from distance. Quero’s shot in the 63rd minute went over the bar as the Mariners restricted DSK to shooting from outside the box.

In the 65th minute, Darryl Duffy headed the ball home from a Sony Norde corner after the DSK defence line failed to clear the ball to double the Mariner’s lead. A minute later, Sony Norde’s shot from inside the box, with no real pressure, went over the bar.

Balwant Singh added more gloss to the scoreline as he scored from outside of the box in the 71st minute to triple Mohun Bagan’s lead.

DSK was kept at bay by the Mariner’s defence and Jeje got on the scoresheet in the dying embers of the match as at the end of time the scoreline read 4-0 in Mohun Bagan’s favour.

Federation Cup: Bengaluru FC survive late drama to beat Lajong


Cuttack: Bengaluru FC got their Federation Cup campaign off to a winning start but not without some drama as Albert Roca’s men beat Shillong Lajong 3-2 at the Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack, on Monday.

Goals from Udanta Singh (35′) and Eugeneson Lyngdoh (46′) seemed to put the Blues in control before they conceded two penalties, one of which was put away. But Sunil Chhetri forced an own goal from Aiborlang Khongjee (74’) to give Bengaluru some breathing space to get the job done.

The Blues came close in as early as the second minute when Sandesh Jhingan saw his thumping header from a Cameron Watson corner come off the crossbar and bounce inches outside the goal line before the Lajong defence dealt with danger. The chance set the tone for the half and it was all Bengaluru then on.

Harmanjot Khabra and Udanta Singh were fantastic to watch in tandem down the right, sending in crosses that unsettled the Lajong defence. Bengaluru should have shot to a lead in the 33rd minute when Chhetri put Udanta through on goal with a perfect pass. But in looking to chip an onrushing Vishal Kaith, the young winger skewed his shot wide.

However, he needed only two minutes to set things right. Picking a pass close to 25 yards from goal, Udanta’s rasping drive took a deflection off Nimdorjee Tamang before looping past Kaith to give Bengaluru a lead they thoroughly deserved, one which Roca’s men took to the dressing room at half-time.

Bengaluru didn’t wait long after the restart to get a second when Eugeneson Lyngdoh rose to nod home Khabra’s cross in the 46th minute. Bengaluru were dealt a blow moments later when John Johnson, who picked up a knock, had to be replaced by Salam Ranjan Singh. Johnson’s withdrawal was followed by the introduction of Lenny Rodrigues in place of Cameron Watson, who had picked up a yellow for a foul in midfield.

Lyngdoh came close to scoring his second of the night as his swipe from distance produced a fine save from Kaith on the hour mark. Lajong had a chance to reduce the deficit when a handball from Jhingan prompted the referee to point to the spot but Asier Pierrick Dipanda’s effort from 12 yards was miscued.

Lajong made amends just moments later when a pass from midfield sent Kinowaki through on goal. The Japanese midfielder made no mistake as his deft lob beat Ralte to make it 2-1. The Blues though, had their two-goal cushion restored in the 74th minute when a cross from Chhetri found an off-balance Aiborlang Khongjee whose clearance went straight into the Lajong goal.

Lajong had a second penalty awarded in the 85th minute when a moment of hesitation from Ranjan caused the Blues’ centre-back to bring down Samuel Lalmuanpuia. The Lajong striker took over spot-kick duties and sent Ralte the wrong way to make it 3-2.

The introduction of Cornell Glen in place of Daniel added steel to the Blues’ attack as they pressed on for a fourth and shut down Lajong’s forays into the Bengaluru area.

Earlier, Roca rolled out a 3-4-2-1 with Daniel in attack while new signing Glen was named on the bench. First choice goalkeeper Amrinder Singh missed the game owing to a bout of fever as Ralte replaced him in the Blues’ goal.

Bengaluru next face DSK Shivajians at the same venue, on Wednesday, at 4 pm.

Federation Cup: Bengaluru begin quest with Lajong test

Cuttack: Albert Roca asked his Bengaluru FC side to brush aside the hurdles of a packed schedule and humid weather conditions and train their focus on chasing Federation Cup glory as the Blues open their campaign with a clash against Shillong Lajong at the Barabati Stadium, on Monday.

Stacked alongside reigning champions Mohun Bagan, DSK Shivajians and Lajong in Group B, Bengaluru have been building an impressive momentum ahead of the competition that guarantees the winner a slot in the AFC Cup. “We ended the League season on a good note and except the blip in Dhaka, we’ve done well in the AFC Cup too where our fate is firmly in our hands. Surely, the Federation Cup will be a whole new ball game but we’ve been doing things correctly and if we can manage the situation of the schedule and the heat, we should be alright,” said Roca on the eve of the game.

The Blues have been buoyed by the arrival of striker Cornell Glen who joined the squad in Cuttack after a week of working on his fitness in Bengaluru. Incidentally, Glen has previously turned out for Lajong and Bagan and it needs to be seen the role Roca hands him in the tournament.

Bengaluru, who did the double over Lajong in the League this season, have faced the side from the hills just once in this competition previously and came away 1-0 winners on their way to lifting the title in 2016. “We’ve beaten Lajong twice this season but this competition a clean slate for everyone and the margin for error is very less. Two good weeks of football and you could be representing the country in Asia which is going to give belief to every team in this competition. It’s going to boil down to how clinically we take our chances,” added Roca.

Two sides from each group of the Federation Cup qualify for the semifinals while the Blues will have an extra game to play as they face Mohun Bagan in an AFC Cup Group clash on the 17th.

The match between the Bengaluru and Lajong FC kicks off at 4 pm and will be telecast live on Ten 2.