Divyansh Steels Slum Soccer continue their winning run with an impressive victory over Bijlee Spartans which keeps them on top of the leader board at 19 points. DSSS after their win in the last game looked hungry to get another one. And they produced some exquisite football in the first half and looked more threatening going towards the Spartans goal. However, Spartans held their own and were equally up to the mark in defence. However, a lapse in concentration gave DSSS a window of opportunity and they punished Spartans with a goal to take the lead and ultimately win the match.
Nujsters Slum Soccer B drew against a spirited Lighthouse Rangers side and are now second with 17 points and must win their next game and hope for a DSSS loss in order to win the title. Both the teams played well in the first half. Both the teams maintained the possession, passed the ball around and took couple of shots. Iqbal from NSSB scored the opener with a long-range effort. Rangers equalized just before half time through a penalty. The second half was very competitive as both the teams picked up from where they had left. However, no one could convert from their chances and the match ended in a draw. Lighthouse Rangers are now out of the title race and must play well to finish third.
An interesting second match saw Rohits Titans edge past Pablos Greenhouse FC to grab an important win. Greenhouse looked sharp in the opening half as they kept the possession. But the break came from Rohits Titans as they took the lead just few minutes before the half time. Greenhouse FC tried hard to make a comeback but couldn’t as time moved quickly for them. In the end Titans went home with 3 points.
The third match of the day turned out to be an absolute thriller. Hardeos Phoenix FC have been playing phenomenal football and were after a win in this match. They did take on an early lead to put the pressure on Galaxy FC, however, a moment of magic from Vedant Babar gave Galaxy FC the equalizer and match ended as a draw.
Amitasha United FC have been performing well in the recent weeks and now it was a local club Royal Strikers who were on the receiving end. Amitasha played very well and maintained possession, passed the ball around and linked up very well which saw their side scoring 5 goals. Royal Strikers did score a goal on a counter attack but it only proved to be a consolation.
Match 1: Nujsters Slum Soccer B (NSSB) vs Lighthouse Rangers FC
This was a clash between the 2nd and 3rd placed teams to decide who would have a shot at the league title. It was a must-win match for Lighthouse Rangers if they were to contest for the title while a draw would still give Nujsters Slum Soccer a chance to win the title if other results went their way. The game started off with both teams trying to get the first goal as soon as they could. Both relied heavily on long balls and did created chances, however, it was Iqbal who opened the scoring for Slum Soccer B early on in the 18th minute with a brilliant long range goal, which gave the keeper no chance. It didn’t take long for Lighthouse Rangers to equalize as they received a penalty kick on the 26th minute, which was coolly executed by Aditya. Both the teams tried scoring after that but none succeeded. NSSB looked a little more threatening throughout the game as Lighthouse rangers were left frustrated at times.
Final Score 1 – 1
Nujsters Slum Soccer B 1 – 1 Lighthouse Rangers FC
Man of the Match – Rashid (Nujsters Slum Soccer B)
Match 2: Pablos Greenhouse FC vs Rohits Titans
This match was played between two sides that had no chances for the title but were simply playing for respect and they both put incredible efforts into the game. Both teams had their fair share of possession and created goal-scoring chances. However, it was the mighty Titans who opened the scoring in the 16th minute, as Dhruv scored a brilliant goal. The match remained 1- 0 throughout and it was Pablo’s Greenhouse FC who faced defeat.
Final Score 0 – 1
Man of the Match – Dhruv (Rohit’s Titans)
Match 3: Hardeos Phoenix FC vs Galaxy FC
This was one of the most exciting football games that NSL has ever produced and all spectators who had come to see their teams in action thoroughly enjoyed the match. Both the teams needed a win, not just for the table, but also for themselves. Hardeos Phoenix tried to take charge of the game as soon as the game started with their good short passing in link up of play. However, Galaxy FC was not going to take it so easily and they played on the counter and harassed Phoenix’s defense throughout the game. It was Ashish from Phoenix who scored early on in the game to put the pressure on Galaxy. But it wasn’t late before Galaxy FC equalized, as Vedant scored an incredible solo goal making it 1-1. Both teams had their chances, but were left disappointed by their own poor conversion.
Final Score 1-0
Hardeos Phoenix FC 1 – 1 Galaxy FC
Man of the Match – Vedant (Galaxy FC)
Match 4: Bijlee Spartans vs Divyansh Steels Slum Soccer
This was the most awaited fixture of the day as everyone was there to observe how the league leaders would perform against an ambitious Bijlee Spartans side. The game was played with great intensity and only a single goal scored by Slum Soccer’s Ahsan separated the two sides in the end. The goal was scored in the 48th minute after a goalless first half. Slum Soccer tried to dominate the game from the start and had more ball possession throughout the entire match, as was expected of them. Although the Spartans looked aggressive and threatening at times, they could not make the ball go past Slum Soccer’s goal line. With this victory, Divyansh Steels Slum Soccer had a clear lead in the league with only 1 week of league matches left to play.
Final Score 0 – 1
Bijlee Spartans 0 – 1 Divyansh Steels Slum Soccer
Man of the Match – Ahsan (Divyansh Steels Slum Soccer)
Match 5: Amitasha United FC vs Royal Strikers
Amitasha FC had received a walkover victory with the Simmba’s Dynamos side being disqualified. So they played a practice game against the local Royal Strikers club. But those who witnessed the Amitasha United player’s play will tell you that they were playing a final of their own. Amitasha left the Royal’s embarrassed with a thumping victory as they put five goals past their opponents. The scorers were Anuj, Johny, Mansha, Nazim and Atif. The Royal’s had their consolation goal as Ali scored one making it 5-1.
Final Score 5 – 1
Amitasha United FC 5 – 1 Royal Strikers
Man of the Match – Ali (Royal Strikers)
NSL Leaderboard (Season 2)
|1||Divyansh Steel’s Slum Soccer||8||6||1||1||17||5||12||19|
|2||Nujster’s Slum Soccer B||8||5||1||2||12||6||6||17|
|3||Lighthouse Rangers FC||8||4||1||3||9||4||5||15|
|4||Hardeo’s Phoenix FC||8||3||1||4||12||5||7||13|
|6||Amitasha United FC||8||3||3||2||7||8||-1||11|
|9||Pablo’s Greenhouse FC||8||1||7||0||3||20||-17||3|
|10||Simmba’s Dynamos FC||8||0||7||1||3||11||-8||1|