Foul play: five yellow cards in dull draw

All goalless matches aren’t necessarily dull. Some may turn ugly.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 7, 2009 12:47:46 am

All goalless matches aren’t necessarily dull. Some may turn ugly.

The newly-promoted Royal Rangers and former champions Hindustan FC came off the turf on Friday,they’d earned one point apiece after the 0-0 draw and,in between them,five yellow cards.

In the first half,the players didn’t go after the ball with the same zeal with which they went after players from the opposing team.

Referee Mohammad Kamil,almost out of compulsion,flashed four yellow cards after repeated warnings to Lobsang Wangyal,Tenzin Tsephel of the Royal Rangers,Jimmy and Mohinder of Hindustan FC.

The fouls kept the men carrying the stretcher busy throughout the first 45 minutes. In the next half though,Hindustan FC’s Sobhan Das joined the list of booked players and,with some conviction,both teams came into striking distance.

For the Rangers,the closest moment came through a cross from Henry Emeto which Tsering Dhundup failed to give direction.

Hindustan wasted their best chance when an unmarked Yogesh headed Sobhan Das’s free-kick way above the upright.

The clap-gatherers meanwhile were the two defence lines optimising the depth of midfield and the awry opponent-attacks.

Offside trap
But against all efforts made by the former champions’ Yogesh,Monitombi Singh and Modi to keep Emeto and Tsephel at bay,the new-comers’ Innocent Agu,Sonam Rinzen and Gaurav Kumar’s immaculate use of the off-side trap was what set the latter apart.

Afresh from a spirited performance against Tarun Sangha a couple of days ago,a repeat wasn’t unexpected,and Hindustan FC’s lists of the booked (striker Okorogo and Nathan) and injury-hit (midfielder Abhishek Aich) only helped their cause. Midway through the second half,the fatigue factor also took its toll as Sunday and Co. failed to match the game’s pace — often blowing away opportunities.

Both teams have seven points each in the league table.

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