South United keep hopes alive

South United keep hopes alive

South United Football Club kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Karnataka State Police (KSP) in the BDFA Super Division League at the Bangalore Football Stadium here on Saturday.

Striker Gopi scored both goals as the new entrants moved up to 17 points from eight matches in the 11-team League, five behind leaders Hindustan Aeronautics Sports Club, who have played one game more. KSP remain on nine points from eight matches.

Facing a must-win situation, South United played with purpose and were the more aggressive of the two sides. Midfielder Manivannan played a through ball to captain Murugappan in the 16th minute, whose shot was saved by KSP custodian Nagendra.

Soon Gopi made a fine run to the rival area, but KSP captain Pradeep B V came up with an excellent tackle to avert danger. However, slight confusion between Pradeep and Nagendra while dealing with a cross from the right wing resulted in South United taking the lead in the 23rd minute. Gopi made the most of the opportunity to snatch the ball and fired into an open goal.

Vinod Kumar had a chance to draw level for KSP in the 25th minute. South United ’keeper Harpreet Singh failed to gather a high ball and it fell to Vinod inside the area, but the striker failed to connect properly with Harpreet out of position.

Murugappan essayed a powerful volley from the top of the box in the 39th minute, but Nagendra was equal to the task. South United doubled their lead in the 48th minute with Murugappan’s left-footer from the area being deflected by Gopi into the net.

The second goal virtually settled the tie and South United had a few more chances to increase the lead. Sunil Kumar’s shot was acrobatically pouched by Nagendra and the ’keeper pulled off another save soon as he tipped over a powerful volley by G Vingnesh.
Army Service Corps (ASC) and Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) played out a 1-1 draw in the second match of the day.

Nitesh put ASC ahead in the 13th minute, but Sridhar restored parity for ADE in the 25th minute.

ASC slipped to third position with 16 points from nine matches, while ADE have 12 points from nine games.


Sunday’s matches: Students Union vs Madras Engineer Group (1.00 pm); KGF-BEML Sports Club vs Army Service Corps (3.00 pm)

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