ATK Mohun Bagan’s Indian Tremendous League debut went precisely the way in which the I-League champions needed because the Mariners gained 1-Zero in opposition to Kerala Blasters FC in match opener in Goa on Friday.
The crew, taking part in with a set core from final yr champions ATK beneath coach Antonio Habas, performed the disciplined soccer they’re recognized for, absorbing assaults of possession-loving KBFC to hit again at counter. ATKMB evidently had extra assaults than Kibu Vicuna’s aspect and their defend-and-attack-on-the-counter method lastly paid off within the 68th minute with Krishna’s left-footed cracker.
The purpose got here in opposition to the run of play when Roy Krishna latched on to a unfastened ball contained in the field, after a poor clearance by KBFC mdfielder Cidoncha off a substitute Manvir Singh’s cross from the suitable, and shot it previous Albino Gomes to the underside nook.
Within the first half, each the edges appeared cagey and had been cautious to attract first blood of their try to keep away from the counter punch.
Expectedly, former Bagan coach Vicuna and aspect loved a lot of the possession with the midfielders concerned within the construct up. Nevertheless, taking part in with a brand new squad, it was clear that Kerala Blasters had been but to seek out their profitable mixture. Centre attacking midfielder Sahal Samad and proper wing Ritwick Das confirmed flashes of brilliance however weren’t productive as KB managed only one shot contained in the field.
ATKMB, then again, performed to their energy by sustaining a decent midfield and line of defense in a diamond formation with three centre backs.
The crew loved 5 clear reduce possibilities on the counter with excessive urgent however Roy Krisha and attackers couldn’t make them depend.
ATKMB had been additionally handed an early blow as Michael Soosairaj, who regarded threatening on the counter within the early phases, hopped off the sector with an damage.
Subhasish Bose did got here in for Soosairaj however he couldn’t make the identical impression attacking smart and that mirrored in Bagan’s assault with no risk coming from the left wing.
Publish break, KB got here out as a much-improved aspect as their assaults moved nearer to the field not like first half. Gary Hooper’s involvement too bought higher with the whim in assault however the sharp strikes had been nonetheless lacking.
Within the 50th minute, KB had a transparent opening with Nongdamba Naorem break up opening EB protection from left wing. His cross landed in entrance of Samad, who couldn’t management the ball correctly to unleash a shot regardless of being alone on the far publish.