Kalyani, April 22: Kenkre FC put on a monumental show to record their first victory in the 2021-22 I-League with a lopsided 3-0 win over Sudeva Delhi FC here.
Three strikes in the second half not only meant that Kenkre was seeking revenge for the loss they suffered in the previous phase, but also that he disregarded the 10 losses he had suffered so far and instead opened a new chapter of his presence. in the league.
Defensive errors by Sudeva Delhi led Akeraj Martins to the lead with an angled shot, Vijay Nagappan netted a deflection and Kynsailang Khongsit cleverly converged on a backwards header and scored with only him and the open goal in sight.
Sudeva Delhi started running early on and was territorially dominant. As a result, Kenkre FC played defense for most of the first ten minutes of play.
As the game progressed, Sudeva Delhi had Lungkim Khongsai score the first goal attempt. An ambitious forehand from outside the box was not the best of efforts, but intent certainly converted Sudeva Delhi’s effort on the pitch to keep Kenkre FC on their toes.
Past the ten-minute mark, Kenkre, now a settled unit by slowing down the tempo of the game, had the best try. A slow build up from behind saw Kiran Pandre find Ranjeet Pandre in the clear midway towards the middle of Sudeva. Ranjeet was quick to combine with Siddharth Colaco, leaving a quick Ranjeet in control. Moving forward in an instant, Ranjeet overtook Pulkiitveer Choudhary and Vanlalzuidika Chhaakchhuak and a quickly recovering captain Sairuatkima only to end up deflecting his attempt at the far post.
Meanwhile, Sudeva looked menacing from the left flank with Pulkiitveer time and time again looping crosses only to have no players at the other end and Kenkre FC’s packed defense rose to the occasion.
Against the grain of the game, Kenkre FC almost spells trouble for themselves. Defender Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw, in the more informal approach, finds himself losing the ball in the box, but goalkeeper Padam Chettri covers the situation.
At the other end, Kenkre FC had Pandre brimming with confidence. Finding space on the right, Pandre beat William Pauliankhum to cross, but his effort ended in a maze of red legs clearing danger.
The Mumbai side had another chance. Vijay Nagappan carried the ball deep down the left and did well to find Akeraj Martins with open space down the right. What followed was a cross from Martins that Pandre missed with a header from handshake distance.
Close to half time, Sudeva Delhi tried to go wide. Shubho Paul at the top of the box after being set up by Khongsai was lightning quick to fire a right-footed shot that went close and wide at the far post.
Switching sides, Kenkre FC took the field with a purpose. Minutes after the restart, Aniket Panchal dropped a fly ball from 30 yards that required Sudeva Delhi goalkeeper Sachin Jha’s full attention as he blocked and nullified the hard effort.
The attempt seemed like a warning as Kenkre FC reversed their fortunes with two goals in less than two minutes.
The first goal was a gift Sudeva Delhi defender Zuidika created for his opponent. A casual back pass to goalkeeper Jha on the left path resulted in Pandre attacking the ball and ending up pushing Martins off target. Martins, given the opportunity, made no mistake as he passed the ball over the keeper at the far post to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, Kenkre for the first time took a 2-0 lead with a well-matched play. Substitute Pravitto Raju did well to find Panchal on the edge of the box, who released a touch to find Vijay Nagappan just inside the box. Nagappan took a controlled step to finish off his attempt that went wide of Zuidika.
Sudeva Delhi, looking to reduce the margin, pushed high and in the process conceded their third goal four minutes into stoppage time.
The goal was the result of persistence. Khongsit, chasing a long ball from Kenkre FC substitute Ali Azhar Delhiwala, capitalized on Pulkiitveer’s weak header aimed at the keeper. What followed, however, was that Khongsit managed to get the ball over Sachin Jha’s legs and hit the open goal with the keeper stranded.
The victory earned Kenkre FC their first full league points and the first time they had scored three goals in a match.