BY Rahul Bali Follow @rahul_atma on twitter
Dempo’s remarkable transformation and Churchill’s disintegration continued, Sporting’s away form is the best and Mohun Bagan struggle yet again – here’s five things we learnt from round five in the I-League…
|Sporting have the best away form|
While it must be pointed that several coaches whose teams weren’t performing well pointed to the fact that most sides who were unbeaten in the league had played a majority of their games at home. There is no denying that fact but Sporting Clube de Goa have the best form away form home in the league. In the four matches played, they drew with Mumbai FC in a game where they dominated the proceedings. Against United SC, they lost 3-1 but were guilty of missing several chances. They finally found their bearings against Shillong Lajong with a 1-0 win and followed it up by handing Mohun Bagan a 2-1 defeat in what was the Mariners’ first home game in the I-League. Credit certainly goes to Oscar Bruzon.
|Dempo’s resurgence begins|
The Goan side were struggling at the start of the season and signs of their revival were seen in the second half against Salgaocar. However they took their performance to a different level altogether they outplayed East Bengal in almost every department in their 3-1 away win. Had they been more clinical, the scoreline would have read far worse for the Red and Gold. Arthur Papas has promised that there will be more of the similar performances from the Whites and for the Dempo fans and neutrals that makes for a good viewing as they play a good attacking brand of football.
|Katsumi Yusa’s performances belie his team’s fortunes|
The Japanese playmaker was central to all the attacking moves created by the Green and Maroons against Sporting. However a hapless frontline consisting of CS Sabeeth and Eric Muranda couldn’t make the most of the opportunities. The Kenyan has struggled to finish off moves and probably Bagan signed a clinical striker instead of him, their fortunes could have been different. Yusa has been the creative mainstay of the team and as coach Karim Bencherifa has time and again pointed is that his side does create goal scoring chances. Unfortunately for him and Yusa, there is no one to convert them.
|Mohammedan finally get off the mark|
The Black and Whites have endured a tough start to their I-League campaign with three back-to-back defeats. At last their rough run of form came to an end as they won 3-0 away from home against Rangdajied United. This was also the first loss suffered by the north eastern club in Shillong this term. An inspired performance from Tolgay Ozbey was the key in their victory while Josimar da Silva once again was on target. This was also the first time when two players apart from the Brazilian striker were on the scoresheet for the Kolkata outfit.
|Calum Angus shows his quality
The 27-year old Englishman has been the best foreign signing for Pune FC. Not only does he defend well, he takes corner-kicks, free-kicks, and can accurately shoot from distance. With striker Raul Fabiani ruled out for four months with an adductor injury and given that Pune aren’t the strongest in their striker department, Angus guided the side to a 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers at home. Cometh the hour, cometh the man – Calum Angus.
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