I-League Team of Round-10

Tuesday, 21 February 2017|Sunil A. Markal
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The Round 10 of the I-League saw Churchill Brothers and Minerva Punjab FC play a nine-goal thriller, while East Bengal’s unbeaten run perished. Mohun Bagan kept the pace in the title race, while Bengaluru FC faltered again. Here is the team of the commenced round…

GOALKEEPER:

Vishal Kaith (Shillong Lajong)

Young Vishal Kaith was instrumental in his sides’1-4 away win against newcomers Chennai City FC. Made a hosts of stops to deny the likes of Dhanpal Ganesh and Edwin to make sure his side grabs important three points. Was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet and to concede a consolation for Chennai at the death, but played a key role as his side claimed the first away win of the season.


DEFENDERS:

Pritam Kotal (Mohun Bagan)

It’s quite easy to see why Pritam Kotal has been arguably the leagues’ best right back for most parts of the past two seasons. And the Uttarapura born defender proved it yet again on Saturday as his side made light work of DSK Shivajians. After being somewhat guilty in allowing Juan Quero to set up Milan Singh’s opener, Pritam came back strongly into the game, setting up two of Balwant Singh’s goals as his side ran out 3-1 winners.

Djelaludin Sharityar (Mumbai FC)

Mumbai FC’s Afghani recruit Djelaludin Sharityar was instrumental in his side shutting gates on holders Bengaluru FC. Marshaled the defence well with his leadership skills. Made an unbelievable goal line clearance to deny opposition skipper Sunil Chhetri to preserve a clean sheet and also to gain a massive point in their bid for survival.

Sandesh Jhingan (Bengaluru FC)

Sandesh Jhingan is time and again justifying his tag of being the best Indian central defender. Was once again massive as his new club kept a clean sheet, but to their disappointment, could not return home with three points. Had a goal controversially disallowed in the last game, while once again being unlucky not to score when his header was well saved by Laxmikant Kattimani.

Lalramchullova (Aizawl FC)

Lalramchullova and Lalruatthara seem to be the biggest beneficiaries from Khalid Jamil’s defensive approach. The former was terrific against leaders East Bengal as the claimed a huge 1-0 win to further elevate their title credentials. Showed maturity and solidarity at left-back, and hardly allowed Romeo Fernandes or the overlapping Rahul Bheke any chances of crossing in.


MIDFIELDERS:

Chesterpoul Lyngdoh (Churchill Brothers)

While last season’s best midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh keeps struggling for form, another Lyngdoh in Chesterpoul is making waves in the I-League. The youngster, after a man of the match performance against Eugeneson’s Bengaluru FC, came into the spotlight against Minerva Punjab once again. Opened the scoring in the seventh minute itself, while also playing his hand in his sides’ third goal. Albeit his heroics, his side fell short as they eventually lost 4-5 in an exciting encounter.

Isaac Vanlalsawma (Shillong Lajong)

It perhaps won’t be surprising if there is a tug-of-war between the leagues’ elite for the signature of a certain Isaac Vanlalsawma, such has been the youngster’s rise. He raised his stock furthermore as his side won 1-4. Showed exemplary vision as he has done multiple times this season to assist Fabio Pena from a free-kick. Got himself on the score sheet when he curled in an absolute stunner from a deadball. Stamped his authority in midfield along with Yuta Kinowaki.

Laldanmawia Ralte (Aizawl FC)

While the likes of Jayesh Rane, Kamo Bayi, Alfred Jaryan and Mahmoud Al-Amna have been shouldering the goalscoring responsibility, Monday saw a new hero born in Laldanmawia Ralte for Aizawl FC. Jayesh Rane’s cross was half-heartedly cleared by Ivan Bukenya, and could have ended anywhere had it not been for the awareness of Laldanmawia. Showed brilliant skill to initially lob it past TP Rehenesh and then head it in an empty net in what would turn out to be the only goal in the match. Ran tirelessly throughout the game before being subbed off.


ATTACKERS:

Balwant Singh (Mohun Bagan)

Balwant Singh’s inclusion in favour of Jeje Lalpekhlua was eye-raising, but the Hoshiarpur-born forward did not disappoint Sanjoy Sen. After his side was pegged behind from a Milan Singh opener, Balwant was on hand to dispatch a quick-fire double which took the game away from DSK Shivajians. Although his first goal came due to Subrata Paul blunder, his second was nothing short of a beauty. The 30-year-old buried a similar delivery from Pritam from the right putting his side on course for three vital points.

Asier Dipanda (Shillong Lajong)

With goals hard to come by for DSK Shivajians, the Pune outfit must be reeling the release of Asier Dipanda. The Cameroonian was contributory in his sides’ first win on their travels. Was visionary throughout the game, and also set up Bipin Singh’s goal. Got himself on the scoresheet late on to take his tally to eight for the season.

David Ngaihte (Minerva Punjab FC) 
David Ngaihte was a prominent figure in Minerva Punjab FC’s thrilling 4-5 victory over Churchill Brothers. Opened the scoring inside the five minutes. Was cunning in evading his markers to set up his teammates for two of the remaining four goals.






BENCH: Debjit Majumder, Adil Khan, Kingsley Obumneme, Yuta Kinowaki, Densill Theobald, Bayi Kamo, Ansumana Kromah.