Match Report: DSK Shivajians 2-0 Chennai City FC
I-League newbies Chennai City FC were handed a severe footballing lesson today by DSK Shivajians at the Balewadi sports complex in Pune in the 3rd round of the I-league. Goals from Seong-Yeon Kim( 30’) and Juan Quero ( 56’) saw the home side win 2-0 in what was a fairly one-sided contest.
Both teams made wholesome changes from their last games, with DSK bringing in three fresh faces in the form of Jerry Lalrinzuala, Rohit Kumar and Milan Singh while Chennai started off with Shahan Lal Meloly, Zakeer Mundampara and Malsawm Fela.
The game started off slowly, and the first substantial chance fell to Juan Quero, the Pune side’s skipper and their most influential player in the match. He curled in a beauty from a free kick on the edge of the box, but an acrobatic save from Meloly, Chennai’s goalkeeper thwarted his effort.
The South Indian side did not heed to the warning bells, as they were caught off guard on another delivery from Quero. This time however, Meloly could do nothing as the mercurial Yeong Kim outjumped and placed a well-timed header in the back of the net. The score read 1-0 in favour of the Punekars.
The plot didn’t change in the second half as well, as the visitors failed to create anything of note. However, a rash foul on Yeong Kim inside the box saw Quero step up and nonchalantly convert the penalty, thus doubling DSK’s lead.
Despite going two goals down, Chennai hardly looked like a team who could threaten and their best chance came in the 87th minute when Marcos Thank got through on goal but he fluffed his chance. In the meantime, DSK got close to scoring a third goal, with Milan Singh getting the nest opportunity. However, a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing restricted the Maharashtrian outfit from scoring more than two. The Pune-based team settled down and played possessive football, and Seityasen Singh made his bow for them in the dying minutes of the match.
With this win, Dave Roger’s side climb to 6th spot on the table and look like a side who are finally settling in. Chennai City, however, will have their work cut out for them, as they need to find an answer to their goal scoring woes as well as find a permanent solution to their leaky defence. If the answers are not found quickly, they could turn out to be the whipping boys of the league this year.
Man Of the Match: Milan Singh
Feverpitch Man Of The Match: Juan Quero