The much awaited football league finally kicked off last week. The build up to it which included the player auction had been tremendous and the games lived up to the hype. Each game saw at least one goal with never a dull moment.
The first game was between KFC and Narendra Meena’s team. The game saw two of the most skilled attacking players, Yash and Aaskarsh go head to head. It was going to be a battle between the defensive abilities of Kartik Ashta and Kushaan against the attacking flair of Yash and his other teammates. The match was a pretty cagey affair with neither side getting the upper hand. The teams obviously needed more games to get into a rhythm and begin to gel together. Both went close and missed a few key chances, but Yash kept his cool with 30 seconds to go and slotted coolly into the back of the goal. Kushaan missed a guilt edged opportunity with a few seconds to go. However, only a fool would right off the potent trio of Kushaan, Kartik and Aakarsh after just one game. Narendra Meena was overjoyed with the win, while Aadya took several positives from the loss.
The next game saw Trident go up against the Brew Crew. Both teams seemed even on paper and it was difficult to call the game. The Brew Crew had the early momentum and seemed to be passing it around well. Trident seemed well organised in defence but did not pose as a significant threat in attack. The deciding moment came when Mohit’s shot from the left side, cannoned of the post and went in off Tia, who was unfortunate to be in that position. After the goal, the Brew Crew decided to defend and clear every loose ball that came their way. Trident seemed to be one dimensional in attack didn’t look like scoring. Arshan went close as his shot came of the post. The game ended 1-0 and Kartik Jain was delighted with the win. Aneesh had a brief talk with his team presumably telling them that that with time they would get better and have more diverse attacks..
In the 3rd game, two of the best 5 on 5 players, Raghav Shukul and Aditya AK, went up against each other. Raghav Shukul and Joshiley seemed to have put in hours of practice under the watchful eye of Utkarsh Joshi aka Kabir Khan. Joshiley were the only team which had practised prior to the tournament. Joshiley had the better start and were moving the ball around better. But Siddharth and Somil were steady in defence and did not let the opposition overhaul them. Naman Joshi’s team (battle of the Joshis ?) eventually got a foothold in the game and looked to attack on the counter. A controversial moment led to the first goal. The goal was scored by Prateek after the refree had blown his whistle. However, it was allowed despite protests from Utkarsh Joshi and his team. A few moments later, Raghav Shukul, struck with a tremendous finish and levelled the scores. There were chances for either side, but neither could capitalise and it ended 1-1.
The final game was viewed by many a one sided affair. FPRP with three extremely talented players in Vivek, Areen and Arshu are seen as favourites to win the league. Kittu ke Kamine also have good players in Sajeev, Devansh and Rakesh, but two of them were nursing injuries and weren’t expected to play. However, Sanjeev and Rakesh decided to play through pain and boy, did it pay off. Balvinder was marshalling his forces from one side of the court and made regular changes, eventually leading to the first goal scored by Vivek Singh. Keerthana’s team did not lose hope and continued to battle on, led by Sanjeev’s energy and determination. Rakesh pulled one goal back for KKK( not the Ku Klux Klan), before disaster struck for FPRP. Manan back-heeled the ball towards goal and it somehow crept through the keepers legs. Devamsh was more than happy to clear the ball. Despite the intricate and at time beautiful play of FPRP, they were unable to find a way through the opposition’s defence.
The team of the week comprises three of the match winners. Abhinav Lilothia, who kept a clean sheet and was a vital part of the Brew Crew’s defence, starts in goal. The defence, comprising Rajveer and Rakesh, gives the team a solid base as well as allowing it to build from the back. Yash slots into midfield, controlling the play as well as providing a goal threat. Sanjeev gets the nod as the sole forward, primarily due to the leadership and energy he brings to the side.Honourable mentions go out to Mona Nooreyezdan and Shivangi Tewari who were both excellent for their teams as far as defensive duties and marking was concerned.
The first week was only a prelude to the rest of the season. With 4 more exciting games and one team taking to the court for the first time, game week 2 promises to be even more exciting. The biggest positive to look forward to is the improvement expected across the board for all tams once they begin playing every week. Along with the Basketball League (waiting on the board and rim to get fixed), this semester promises to be exciting for everyone in college
Here is the League Table which will be updated weekly.
NLU DELHI FOOTBALL TABLES
|1.||Kittu Ke Kaminey||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||3|
|1.||Yash Kumar||Narendra Meena||1|
|4.||Prateek Jha||Naman Joshi||1|
|2.||Aditya AK||Naman Joshi||1|
Man of the Match (MOM)
|1.||Yash Kumar||Narendra Meena||1|
|2.||Mohit Chawdhry||Brew Crew||1|
|3.||Rajveer Singh||Naman Joshi||1|
|1.||Sujit Nirman||Narendra Meena||1|
|2.||Abhinav Lilothia||Brew Crew||1|