[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he early first half strike from number 16, Rana Gharimi helped Kolkatta giants, Muhammedan Sporting beat hosts Lone Star Kashmir FC by 1-0 goals in the match of the second division, I-League, at Synthetic Turf, TRC Ground, Srinagar.
The visitors got off to a brilliant start with Gharimi giving them lead within 10 minutes of the Start. The early goal boosted the morale of the visitors while as Kashmir FC were taken off guard. Muhammedan Sporting continued to push for more goals but some decent saves from Kashmir FC didn’t allow them to do so. As the time passed Muhammedan Sporting players started to play calmly concentrating game in middle and their own half. Though Kashmir FC were looking eager to score equalizer, but visitors were in no mood to allow that. First half ended 1-0 in favor of Muhammedan Sporting and with most of the ball possession going in their favor.
The second half, saw both sides changing tactics. While Muhammedan Sporting were comfortable in marinating the lead, hosts were seen desperate for the equalizer. Some quality defending from the visitors averted couple of decent moves made by Kashmir FC. With each minute passing, it was certain that Muhammedan Sporting will come out as winners from the match. Even spectators were quite, with no buzz in the stadium. Though some late desperate moves from Kashmir FC helped to recreate the buzz but it was all too late and equalizer missing. Muhammedan Sporting won by 1-0 and earned full points from the match.
Terming the result as the disappointment, Kashmir FC coach, Hilal Rasool said that the early goal made the difference.
“Obviously everyone want to win and defeat is always a disappointment. The early goal shattered our all the game plan and we couldn’t capitalize the chances that came our way,” he said.
“In second half we gave chance to our own Kashmiri youngsters and they did very well. I have been saying it that Kashmir FC want to develop Kashmir football and want to strengthen roots of football in State. By not opting for foreigners in the side we have sent clear message that we trust our own youth. This is people’s team and we want people to see their own players playing in front of them,” he added.