I-League Round 3 Team Of The Week

Thursday, 19 January 2017|Sunil A. Markal
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Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan proved their title credentials, while Aizawl FC and East Bengal continued their unbeaten run. Our latest team of the round is dominated by four players from Bengaluru FC and 3 from Mohun Bagan.

GOALKEEPER:

Albino Gomes (Aizawl FC)

Aizawl's amazing unbeaten run doesn't seem to come to an end, and it was their goalkeeper Albino Gomes who was their hero this time. The 22-year-old was called into action in the fourth minute itself when Shillong Lajong were awarded a spot kick. The on-loan Mumbai City FC custodian, though, made a smart save to keep out Fabio Pena's penalty. It was crucial as his side went on to win the Northeastern derby. 

 

DEFENCE:

 

Harmanjot Khabra (Bengaluru FC)

Harmanjot Khabra has found a new lease of life on the right-hand side of the Bengaluru FC defence. The former East Bengal man has been solid since the start of the season in an unorthodox right wing back role in Roca's setup. On Wednesday, the 28-year-old marauded forward to trouble the Mumbai FC defence, setting up two of three CK Vineeth goals, also keeping a clean sheet in defence.

 

Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan)

Mohun Bagan's new recruit has fitted in the Mariners defence with ease. Although the Minerva Punjab FC attack did not have any menace, the Malappuram born centre-half was on hand to thwart the very little the side from Punjab offered. Kept a clean sheet to continue his personal and his sides' terrific run.

 

John Johnson (Bengaluru FC)

John Johnson last week became Bengaluru FC's most capped player, going to show how indispensable he is to the Blues. The managerial change doesn't seem to have fazed the towering defender, as he continues to tame attacks. Apart from the harsh yellow card, Johnson gave nothing away to the Mumbai FC attack as Roca's side collected precious three points. Johnson, along with Juanan, have formed an amazing understanding at the heart of Bengaluru's defence, as Amrinder Singh remains a mere spectator in the Blues' goal.

 

Lalruatthara (Aizawl FC)

Ruatthara back-to-back appearance in our team of the week. While the Mizo-born fullback could not keep a clean sheet, he was at the right place and time to fire his side into the lead against Shillong. Gave a penalty away early into the game which was saved, but made amends by a consolidated display at the back and the all important goal.

 

MIDFIELD:

 

Mahmoud Amnah (Aizawl FC)

Aizawl FC's foreign recruit has hardly taken any time to settle in at his new club. The Syrian time and again troubled the Shillong back line with his piercing and forward range of passing. Displayed tenacity too, as he tackled a Shillong defender before dribbling and setting up Jayesh Rane's goal, which would then turn out to be the winner.

 

Lenny Rodrigues (Bengaluru FC)

Bengaluru FC were shrewd when they secured the services of the experienced Lenny Rodrigues, and he has not let his team down with his performances. Excellent when on the ball and efficient in working when not with it; a trade that Roca’s system demands, Lenny has been somewhat of a midfield general for the Blues. And on Wednesday, he denied even half a chance to Mumbai’s midfield, dominating the centre of the park with Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Was unlucky not to have scored with a powerful shot from outside of the box.

 

Juan Quero (DSK Shivajians)

DSK Shivajians finally got their first win of the season, and it needed an inspirational captain’s performance from Juan Quero. The veteran Spaniard, who was a DSK’s only positive from last season, had a hand in both the goals his side scored to overcome Chennai City FC. Quero initially set-up teammate Kim Seong-Yong with an elegant free-kick, and scored from the spot kick to get himself on the scoresheet.

 

ATTACK:

 

CK Vineeth (Bengaluru FC)

It was all CK Vineeth on Wednesday at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. While it was expected to be high voltage battle, the Kannur born striker took matters in his own hands netting a treble as he propelled his side to the top of the charts. The hattrick was the first scored by a Bengaluru FC player.

 

Darryl Duffy (Mohun Bagan)

Darryl Duffy added another brace in back-to-back games to see himself sit as the league’s top scorer. The Scottish striker headed home a Sony Norde free-kick for his first, and was smart to lob it over the onrushing Kamaljit Singh in Minerva’s goal to bag his second.

 

Jeje Lalpekhlua (Mohun Bagan)

India’s star striker Jeje Lalpekhlua marked his return to the Mohun Bagan starting line-up in superb fashion. The on-loan Chennaiyin FC man, in tandem with his strike partner Duffy, caused havoc in the Minerva defence. Scored a poachers goal to open his account, and scrambled in a second to complete a 4-0 rout.

 

BENCH: TP Rehenesh, Ivan Bukenya, Subashish Bose, Eugeneson Lyngdoh,  Jayesh Rane, Lalrindika Ralte, Kim Seong-Yong.