In a game where all three goals were scored in the second half, either team could have nicked a winner, Riswanali was the won to cover himself in glory with a late left footed strike to register South United FC’s third win out of four games.
The first half was relatively well controlled by South United FC, as they kept a good defensive shape and created chances at the other end as well. The threat from ASC came from their talismanic captain and striker Jotin Singh. With four goals already in the league, he threatened the goal on more than one occasion from open play as well as set pieces.
Players for South United FC including Riswanali, Magesh and Aaron were guilty of squandering chances against a resilient ASC team. As they kept plodding away at the ASC defense, they found gaps on at least 2 occasions where the striker was through on goal with only the keeper to beat and they couldn’t make the most of those chances.
Given ASC’s performance in previous games where they came back to win at least a point or all three, these weren’t good omens for South United FC.
The second half began with South United FC showing more impetus in attack and it paid off early as Aaron was played through on the right wing on his own with only the keeper to beat but a great distance to cover, he chose to ignore his team-mates running through the middle and deliver a stunning lobbed goal over a stranded ASC keeper.
That early second half goal should have settled nerves for South United FC, but ASC were sparked to life with that goal and the game flowed from end to end. In one of the many ASC attacks, a ball over the top found Jotin Singh in space drifting out to the left flank. His stuttering low cross met Samananda who put the ball past Jayanth form close range to tie the score.
Both teams continued to create, but South United had the better chances of the two, Aaron and Riswanali both missing from close range late on.
They almost left it too late, but the breakthrough came in the 86th minute as Magesh’s chipped pass found Aaron with his back towards the goal at the edge of the box. He deftly laid it off to Riswanali who knocked it past the last defender and smashed home the goal with his left foot.
Either side could have nicked the game in the last 20 minutes but in the end the chances that South United FC created and the slightly more efficient shooting won out.