HASC demolish Threads

Football I-League II Division: Erratic BEML held to a 1-1 draw by Titanium

HASC demolish Threads

ROCK SOLID: Ricky Joy of HASC (right) clears a ball from the reach of Golden Threads’ Sanjay Vennara in the I-League II Division match on Sunday. DH photo In a spot of bother after drawing their last three encounters, local champions HASC soared back to top of the points table with a 5-0 demolition of Golden Threads. Nigerian striker Fredrick Okwagbe finally fund form, netting the tournament’s second hat-trick at the Bangalore Football stadium.

BEML, who dominated their match against pre-tournament favourites-turned-punching bags Titanium Travancore for the better part, squandered umpteen chances before settling for a 1-1 draw.

The Aircraftmen have nine points from five matches with BEML and Malabar United close on their heels on eight points. BEML have played five games, one more than Malabar, who clash with State Bank of Travancore (six points) on Monday.
Taking the field after a five-day break, the Aircraftmen appeared energised and seemed to have a definite plan. Their attacks bore plenty of venom, although a bigger victory would have been possible had they not gone off the boil for a while post the hour-mark.

The biggest concern for HASC has been the form of Okwagbe, the Nigerian scoring only sporadically despite being fed well by young playmaker Satish Kumar Jr and Xavier Vijay Kumar. He redeemed himself on Sunday by cashing in on Threads’ poor marking from set-pieces.

Okwagbe poked home Joseph Femi Adeola’s header off skipper Xavier’s corner kick in the 12th minute before doubling the lead in similar fashion five minutes from half time.

Okwagbe then completed his hat-trick in the 49th minute after Ricky Joy’s header was punched straight to him by Threads’ goalkeeper Jinesh Thomas. substitute Gopi completed the rout with his 88th-minute and stoppage-time goals.

Hamza scores
Flying high after trouncing Chandni FC 6-0 in their previous clash, BEML appeared set to continue their demolition act against bottom-placed Titanium. They attacked right from the kick-off, tearing into the porous defence of Titanium, but undid all the good creative work with sloppy finishing.

Almost half a dozen chances went abegging in the opening half before Anaba Hamza Agaba put BEML deservedly ahead from the spot after Titanium’s Cleetus received his second yellow for handling the ball in the 54th minute. Abdul Hameed equalised for Titanium from a well-planned set-piece play nine minutes later.

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