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I-League: NEROCA FC Open Account With 3-0 Win Against Gokulam FC

Two first-half goals from Felix Chidi and Pritam Singh and a sublime header from Ronald Singh in injury time helped complete a 3-0 win for Neroca FC over Gokulam FC as they opened their account in the I-League.

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Updated:December 9, 2017, 5:21 PM IST
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I-League: NEROCA FC Open Account With 3-0 Win Against Gokulam FC
NEROCA FC (Image: AIFF)
Kozhikode: Two first-half goals from Felix Chidi and Pritam Singh and a sublime header from Ronald Singh in injury time helped complete a 3-0 win for Neroca FC over Gokulam FC as they opened their account in the I-League.

Chidi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, Pritam doubled the lead in the 43rd minute and Ronald added to tally with a strike in the injury time (90+4).

Bino Geroge's boys almost snatched an early lead within seconds of kick off but the assistant referee flagged it offside to provide some respite to Gift Raikhan and his boys.

Gokulam Kerala FC striker Mbele poked his first goal of the Hero I-League 2017-18 in the 17th second of the match but their joy was cut short by the official.

On a counter attack, Neroca FC found an opening in the Gokulam Kerala FC defense but Mohamed Salah charged at the last moment to keep the score line unchanged.

After the early drama, the pace of the game mellowed down a bit and that was brilliantly utilised by the visitors when they took the lead in the 23rd minute.

Tondomba put in a long ball directed to the Nigerian striker who did no mistake going past Pravat Lakra to tap it home to silent the 8000-odd home crowd.

It was the Nigerian striker's second goal in as many games.

Following the goal, the visitors continued to push the hosts to double the lead but the yellow outfit somehow contained the Manipuri attacks until the 43rd minute when Pritam Singh headed home their second goal, much to Gokulam Kerala FC's dismay in the presence of their owner.

Subash Singh outran the defender down the left flank and unleashed a juicy cross inside the six-yard box which was brilliantly converted by Pritam Singh to leave Mohamed Salah and Provat Lakra completely perplexed.

Neroca FC went to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead over the hosts at the half time.

Bino George rang in a couple of changes after the changeover in their pursuit of the elusive goal when Shinu S and Meitie were introduced at the expense of Mohamed Salah and Gulom Urunov respectively.

As Shinu S was deployed at the heart of the defense, Provat Lakra pushed himself to the left wing to add more vigour to the attacking third but Neroca FC handled that without much fuss.

Irshad put in a low cross for Mbele in the 63rd minute but Aussie defender Aryn Williams went for a last-minute tackle to maintain the clean sheet.

Bino Geroge introduced a fresh pair of legs in terms of Usman Ashik sixteen minutes from the final whistle but they couldn't breach the Neroca FC defense.

Super-sub Ronald who replaced Subash Singh five minutes to the final whistle headed in the final goal.

With the win, Neroca FC moved to the fifth position in the table with 3 points from 2 matches while the Kerala-based side went down to the eighth spot with a solitary point from 3 matches.

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