HASC ride on Xavier heroics

Aircraftmen score over Oil India; Malabar win

HASC ride on Xavier heroics

With them having a full strength squad to field, the Aircraftmen finally rose above the ordinary as they cut apart the Assamese outfit with an aggressive display at the Bangalore Football stadium. The win took HASC to the top of the table with six points from two matches.

HASC coach M Muralidharan threw a huge surprise at the start by shaking up his usual combination and the fresh strategies paid instant dividends. Muralidharan shifted veteran Xavier from central midfield to the left and instead used central defender J Murali as a floater.

Satish Kumar Jr was asked to play behind lone striker Fredrick Okwagbe while Joseph Femi Adeola was thrusted additional responsibilities at the defence. HASC players responded to the changes in superb fashion much to the delight of Muralidharan and the strong home crowd.

Xavier oozed class in both his goals while the talented Satish Jr came up with another irresistible display. Apart from slotting home another top-notch strike, the youngster provided numerous assists with some sizzling runs and superb run-ins that had the opposition defence scampering for cover.

For the better of the fixture, the youthful Oil India unit seemed to be learning a lesson from the Bangalore champions who also defended brilliantly as much they attacked. Despite the minor wobbles, largely due their all-out attacking intent that left a few holes, HASC looked in complete rhythm as Oil India failed to cash upon the chances that came their way. The scoreline could have read a bigger number in favour of HASC had in not being for the glove work of Prandeep Dutta or two goalline clearances from Oil India’s captain Raju Konwar.

HASC marched into the lead after Rajendra Prasad won a corner in the 30th minute. Prasad’s kick was superbly flicked with the back of his head by Xavier. After shooting way off the target twice, Satish capitalised on a Oil India’s defensive error when he moved from right to left inside the box and thundered the ball into the net in the 53rd minute. Xavier then smacked the third with clever chip off Satish’s pass in the 71st minute before Prasanta Choudhary restored a semblance of pride for Oil India with a goal three minutes from time.

Malabar win big
Malabar United outplayed SESA Football Academy 3-0.  Enyinnaya Loveday (53rd), Asif K (55th Penalty)and Firos K (71st) were the goal scorers for Malabar.
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