I-League: Krizo helps RKFC secure 1-1 draw against Punjab FC
Srinagar, Jan 10:
Emotions ran high as Real Kashmir FC bounced back with a 1:1 draw against
Punjab FC at Srinagar’s TRC grounds on Friday.
For first 20
minutes, strikers from both the teams tried hard to score a goal. It was an
evenly contested game right from the beginning with both the teams trying hard
to get the ball.
It was Punjab FC
forward Makan Winkle Chothe who netted the ball in the 21st minute taking
advantage of confusion among the Real Kashmir defenders. The RKFC got a chance
when Kellum Higginbotham passed ball to striker Gonhere Krizo but the later
failed to net the ball. Later Krizo too failed to convert a pass by Kellam into
For hosts, all
their efforts failed to score an equalizer in the first half. Snow leopards started the second half in an
attacking mode as they seemed desperate to pick up an early equalizer. They
dominated proceedings and constantly kept the opposition on their toes.
paid off when Gnohere Krizo found the back of the net at the hour mark. The
Ivory Coast forward received the ball at the edge of the box from Danilo
Augusto’s mistimed back head. Krizo entered the box and scored past Punjab FC
Goal Keeper Kiran Limbu.
The goal by RKFC
charged the spectators who shouted their lungs out to cheer the team. Real
Kashmir continued to dominate the proceedings after scoring the equalizer as
they looked hungry for a winning goal. Punjab, on the other hand, brought in
Dipanda upfront in a bid to find their second goal.
and Gnohere Krizo came close to score on couple of occasions in the final 10
minutes of the match but the Punjab defenders did well to stop them.
Robertson made three changes in the Real Kashmir lineup. Altamash Sayed,
Chesterpaul Lyngdoh and Gnohere Krizo replaced Farhan Ganie, Subhash Singh and
Punjab FC coach
Yan Law, on the other hand, made two changes in the Punjab FC lineup. Thoiba
Singh and Girik Khosla replaced Munmun Lugun and Aser Dipanda.
meant that Punjab remained at the third spot with 10 points. Real Kashmir FC is
at the eight spot with six points in five matches.
RKFC coach David
Robertson said he was satisfied with the performance of his team but claimed
there were many “dubious decisions” by referees.
point from Punjab FC was good. There were many dubious decisions which couldn’t
have happened. They might have changed the game. There were couple of penalties
when our players Mason and Krizo were encountered by Punjab FC. But we still
played consistently and didn’t lose the game till the end,” he said.
On being asked
about inclusion of Mason Robertson and Krizo who were unfit for the game, he
said they had insisted to play today.
“The spirit of
the team is very high. These two players came to me and asked to be included in
the squad,” he added.
Punjab FC coach
Yan Law, however, seemed to be unhappy with the results. “Unfortunately we had
to share our points with RKFC. We missed
many chances at the front. Thanks to our goal keeper who also saved us today,”
Law said the spectators in Kashmir motivated
their players to put up a good show in the game.