I-League match between Viva Kerala and JCT was finally played today at Calicut after the game was postponed last day due to the malfunction of the Floodlights in the stadium.
Both the teams had fielded the same line up that they had used yesterday. Viva the home team had a two match unbeaten record of escaping with a single point in the last two encounters. Meanwhile JCT Mills from Ludhiana are facing one of the worst run of form in the I-League having lost their last four games.
Viva Kerala started off the match on a better note winning a corner as early as 2nd minute of the game but a poor delivery from Sakeer saw the ball go out without any real time danger.
With JCT team just starting to play few passes in the centre of the park that Viva Kerala pounced on them and created a chance from nowhere. Kerala striker Rueben Senyo turned and shot from distance to see his shot go just wide of the mark.
JCT bounced back well as Balwant Singh and Baldeep Singh combined together for a good move but Pawan Kumar was found in an offside position. A hard challenge from Rueben in the very next move knocked down Daljit Singh and also received the game’s first yellow card.
JCT’s Daljit Singh seems to have picked up a good knock as he was later substituted to bring on Harpreet Singh in his place. Viva won their second corner of the game but the poor execution throws light on the amount of practice Viva needs on their set pieces.
Viva midfielders Patrick and Karma generates a good move from the centre and lobs a great ball forward but Shibinlal was just inches away from tapping the ball into the net after getting the goalkeeper at his mercy. Viva got the best chance of the game so far.
Reuben Senyo scored the opener and goalkeeper Karanjit Singh took on knock in the process for which he had to be susbtituted.
JCT piled more men upfront but Viva Coach Sreedharan played his cards by committing his team to defend the goal for the rest of the match. Viva seems to have forgotten about attacking football and what they were doing was to maintain their one goal lead. JCT got numerous opportunities through free kicks and corners but nothing happened out of it.
Second half also started on a similar manner as Viva never looking dangerous to build on their lead. Although Patrick Sisupalan and Reuben Senyo were trying hard to build something out of the counter attacks but JCT midfielder Penn Orji was equal to the challenges made by the Kerala side.
A freak accident rocked the beginning of the second half as JCT midfielder Harish Sharma collapsed to the ground after picking up a head injury while trying to win an aerial ball.
In the dying minutes of the game JCT player Balwant Singh was brought down but despite a strong appeal from the bench, the referee allowed the play to continue and grant three valauable points to Viva Kerala.
JCT’s Penn Orji was named the Man of The Match.
Goal scorer: Rueben Senyo (Viva Kerala) 21st Min.