I-League Team of Round -11

Tuesday, 28 February 2017|Sunil A. Markal
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The round eleven of the I-League saw East Bengal thump Bengaluru FC at the Kanteerava, while Aizawl recorded yet another victory. Mumbai FC’s dire run continued, while Churchill lifted themselves from the foot of the table. Here is our Team of Round 11.
 

GOALKEEPER:

Albino Gomes (Aizawl FC)

One of the key figures in Khalid Jamil’s resurgent Aizawl FC side, Albino Gomes shut gates yet again to make sure nothing goes past him. Although Chennai City FC’s attack had little to offer, Gomes was smart to preserve a clean sheet, which was an astounding fifth of the season. A strong contender for goalkeeper of the season.
 

DEFENDERS:

Reagan Singh (Mumbai FC)

Marauded forward well with intent, and was sound defensively. Sent in a peach of a delivery which Anderson Silva scored with, but was unfortunately flagged offside. Came to save his sides’ blushes fifteen minutes from time when he heroically blocked Sayed Altamash’s goal-bound scissors kick.
 

Ivan Bukenya (East Bengal)

Sturdy at the back and dangerous on set-pieces is what Ivan Bukenya has been outlined as. Was on top of his game against holders Bengaluru FC. It was his long ball that Wedson Anselme scored from. His last-ditch tackle on Udanta Singh after losing the pacy youngster initially was eye catching.
 

Loveday Enyinnaya (Minerva Punjab FC)

Nigerian Loveday Enyinnaya was instrumental in earning his side a precious point against Mumbai FC, much to the frustration of Santosh Kashyap and the Mumbai faithful alike. Saved his best moment at the end, when he blocked an effort towards goal.
 

Robert Lalthlamuana (East Bengal)

Assisted Robin Singh’s all important goal that gave his side a two-goal cushion. Was subbed at the hour mark, but had done his job in both the attacking and defensive thirds.


MIDFIELDERS:
 

Brandon Vanlalremdika (Aizawl FC)

After Laldanmawia Ralte’s heroics against East Bengal in the last round, it was his fellow Mizo teammate Brandon Vanlalremdika’s turn. Was unlucky when Alfred Jaryan’s shot from his though ball was kept out. Took matter in his own hands and got on the scoresheet when he stabbed home a cross at the far post. Deservedly was the hero of the match.


Mahmoud Al Amna (Aizawl FC)

Dictated play excellently from deep like he has done throughout the season. Everything Aizawl FC do goes through the Syrian. Did not get on the scoresheet, nor did he tee up a teammate, but was instrumental nonetheless against a weak Chennai City FC side. Arguably this season’s best midfielder.


Chesterpoul Lyngdoh (Churchill Brothers)

Young Chesterpoul Lyngdoh features in our team of the round yet again owing to his sublime showing against DSK Shivajians. Clinically set Ansumana Kromah’s goal by diminishing Shane McFaul’s resistance.


ATTACKERS:


Wedson Anselme (East Bengal)

East Bengal’s creator in chief has been banging in goals for fun. Despite been asked to play in an alien role behind the strikers, Wedson seems unfazed by the change. Was a clutch player for Trevor Morgan’s side yet again as they dismantled Bengaluru FC. Scored an absolute stunner to open the scoring, which proved crucial.


Robin Singh (East Bengal)

Was a dream return to his old stomping ground for Robin Singh. After putting behind his injury sorrows, Robin has returned to his old self. Scored an excellent brace to cap off a dominating evening at the home of the holders. Showed why he could still be India’s most lethal attacking weapon with a bullet header and a poacher's goal.


Anthony Wolfe (Churchill Brothers)

Churchill Brothers’ saviour this season, Anthony Wolfe was on hand again to guide his side to a victory that lifted them from the bottom. Opened the scoring for his side, while it was his move that initiated Ansumana Kromah’s goal.

 

BENCH: Karanjit Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Surabuddin Mollick, Brandon Fernandes, Nikhil Kadam, Ansumana Kromah.