South United FC couldn’t make the extra man count against a disciplined Bengaluru FC ‘B’ side who turned in an early goal and threatened to score more over the 90 minutes.
Bengaluru FC had the early running of the game in their favour and made the most of some lackadaisical defending from South United FC to take the 1-0 lead in the 4th minute through Roshan who was found unmarked in the six-yard box and slotted home the only goal of the game.
The early lapse left South United FC struggling to string a good play together, trying to play catch up with a well oiled Bengaluru FC machine. The Blue Colts had some good play down the wings as they spotted spaces on either side of the pitch and moved forward creating a few half chances that were thwarted by South United FC’s custodian Jayanth.
South United FC started gaining some ground as the half went on and started to string some passes together but couldn’t find a real threat on goal. In the last play of the first half, Riswanali was sprung free by a ball over the top with only the keeper to beat, he was fouled just outside the box by an onrushing Aditya Patra. The Bengaluru FC custodian saw red for illegally denying his opponent a goalscoring chance, but South United FC couldn’t test his replacement from the free-kick.
The second half saw Bengaluru FC play more conservatively, leaving only two, and sometimes one man upfront and playing balls over the shoulder of the last defender for the attackers to chase. South United FC tried to assert control and pass the ball past the Bengaluru FC grid of players but were unable to unlock the defence.
On a couple of occasions that they found an attacker through a trademark diagonal pass, either their touch let them down or they failed to find a finishing touch.
As the game dwindled to a close, Bengaluru FC found themselves getting more chances on the break but they couldn’t put them away either. All in all, not an ideal performance for either team, but Bengaluru FC came away with the spoils.