The Kolkata derby ended in a goalless draw after both the teams failed to convert the opportunities that came their way.Welcome to Goal's new I-League feature: Top and Flop. For every game, a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the league - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. In the same vein, we will also name a player whose performance wasn’t up to the mark on the given day and eventually came to hurt his side.
|TOP: SOUVIK CHAKRABORTY
The Under-23 player pulled off a stellar performance after arriving a few hours before the match due to his commitments to play for an office team. He snatched the ball on a number of occasions and played out a few good passes to the flanks. He was also not shy to pull the trigger as he had a good shot in the first half which caught the opponent custodian Ashok Singh wrong-footed, but went few inches away from the target. In the last 20 minutes, when the Purple Brigade was down to ten men, the former Mohun Bagan player paired up well with Jayanta Sen to ensure that United didn't get outnumbered in the middle of the pitch. The promising midfielder was unlucky that the man of the match award was handed out to Penn Orji of the opposition.
| FLOP: BALDEEP SINGH
The ex-Salgaocar man earned his first start of this I-League season and was employed on the right flank. He gave away the ball cheaply and had a poor first touch which was seen in the second half where he wasted a good opportunity by letting the ball go for a goalkick. After the move, Schattorie took only seconds to instruct Jayanta Sen to start warming up and only seven minutes into the second half, Baldeep was taken off the action.
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