Police fire four past erratic BEL

Police fire four past erratic BEL

Well past you! KSP’s Pradeep Kumar (left) scores past BEL goalkeeper Suresh in the Puttaiah Memorial match at the Bangalore Football stadium on Thursday. DH Photo

KSP were two goals ahead before 15 minutes of play in their opening Group B campaign that saw the Cops enjoying the lion’s share of possession.

Karthik opened the scoring in the ninth minute before Pradeep Kumar made it 2-0, rifling in a powerful volley. KSP, however, failed to cash in on further scoring opportunities until half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, Pradeep Kumar B V swelled the lead through a penalty as KSP took a firm grip on the match. BEL got one back through Mohan in the 74th minute but KSP’s Stephen erased any lingering BEL hopes with an 84th-minute strike.

In another Group B match, riding on a brace from Rajkiran, Sports Authority of India, Bangalore, edged out Indian Space Research Organisation 2-1. Rajkiran was the architect of the SAI win with goals in the 20th minute and 45th minutes. Lokesh reduced the margin for ISRO, who secured a place in this season’s Super Division as ‘A’ Division runners-up, in the 66th.

Results: SAI: 2 (Rajkiran 20th, 45th) bt ISRO: 1 (Lokesh 66th); KSP: 4 (Karthik ninth, Pradeep Kumar 13th, Pradeep Kumar B V 52nd, Stephen 84th) bt BEL: 1 (Mohan 74th).