I-League : Team of Round-8
The Round 8 of the I-League saw the Kolkata Derby in a goalless draw, while holders Bengaluru FC yet again failed to gain three points. Aizawl FC continue to prove to be the dark horses. Here is our Team of Round 8.
TP Rehenesh (East Bengal)
Although the Kolkata Derby ended in a 0-0 draw, it was no short of action. And TP Rehenesh was in the thick of it. The East Bengal custodian made sure he was impervious against a dangerous Mohun Bagan attacking force. Tipped over a goal bound effort from Sony Norde’s direct corner which was arguably the moment of the game. Also Denied Souvik Chakraborty’s effort from inside the box. Was rightly adjudged the ‘Hero Of The Match.’
Lalramchullova (Aizawl FC)
While young Lalruatthara has been making waves at left-back for Aizawl FC, another young defender in Lalramchullova proved to be the star against Mumbai FC on his first start. The 21-year-old showed brilliant composure to bury a penalty his side received to give the lead. Had his hand again in another goal as Khalid Jamil’s side scored their third. Kept things tight at the back along with his attacking instincts.
Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan)
Anas Edathodika has been an excellent recruit for Mohun Bagan. And the on-loan Delhi Dynamos defender proved his big game mettle yet again with a solid performance. Kept the attacking trio of Wedson Anselme, Robin Singh and Willis Plaza at bay. Was guilty of letting the latter in for a shy at goal, but Debjit Majumder saved his blushes.
Ivan Bukenya (East Bengal)
East Bengal’s unbeaten run in the league has been down to the heroics of Ivan Bukenya at the back. Along with his solidarity at the back, the Ugandan has also popped up with important goals for the Red and Yellow Brigade. He was brilliant at the heart of the defense yet again as they shut down arch rivals Mohun Bagan.
Arashpreet Singh (Minerva Punjab FC)
Minerva Punjab FC delivered holders Bengaluru FC a sucker punch when they returned home with a point. The Blues failed to build on their opening goal, and it was much down to the sturdy away sides’ defence. Arashpreet at left-back had a tough job of keeping the lively Udanta Singh quiet and succeeded in winning majority of the battles against the youngster.
Sanju Pradhan (DSK Shivajians)
Experienced campaigner Sanju Pradhan justified his return to the starting eleven with an electric performance as his side registered their first ever away win. He was a constant outlet on the right wing causing the Shillong Lajong defence menace with his uncanny display. Deservedly got himself on the scoresheet, while should have had a brace had it not been for a Vishal Kaith save in the dying embers.
Pronoy Halder (Mohun Bagan)
Mohun Bagan’s midfield rock Pronoy Halder was at his best in the Kolkata Derby. Broke up play efficiently and retained the ball for his side. Showed his vision when he set up Daryl Duffy through on goal who could not apply the finishing touch.
Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal)
Mehtab Hossain’s supreme form this season has been one of the key reasons for East Bengal’s table-topping heroics. And he rose to the occasion in the Kolkata Derby like he has done in the past. Was the midfield general for his side and found his teammates with his apt passing. Got booked for handling the ball on the counter, taking one for the side, also acting as the dirty worker at the centre of the pitch.
Dhanpal Ganesh (Chennai City FC)
Chennai City FC registered a win with their new manger. It was their midfield that won the game for the I-League new entrants. Dhanpal Ganesh and Denson Devdas bossed the nidfield, hardly allowing Mumbai FC a look into the game. Most notably, it was Dhanpal who was their prime performer. He scored his first I-League goal which allowed his side to get back into the game. Went into the referees book for a challenge on Reagan Singh, aptly carrying out his defensive duties.
Kamo Bayi (Aizawl FC)
The Ivorian, despite not scoring frequently, has been a livewire for the NorthEast side. Netted his sides’ second on Friday against Churchill Brothers to continue their surreal run.
Charles de Souza (Chennai City FC)
Chennai City FC’s Brazilian duo Charles de Souza and Marcos Vinicius have been hot and cold for the new entrants. But they have proved at times that they can win games with their individual brilliance. And it was the former’s chance to shine . Charles, who was guilty of wasting chances earlier in the game against Mumbai FC, scored an excellent individual goal which would go on to prove the winner.
BENCH: Debjit Majumder, Shane McFaul, Ashutosh Mehta, Kamalpreet Singh, Denson Devdas, Mahmoud Al-Amna, Sunil Chhetri.