Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s hopes with a 2-1 win


I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC on Saturday put an end to ARA FC's hopes of making it to the I-League as they handed a 2-1 defeat
I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC on Saturday put an end to ARA FC’s hopes of making it to the I-League as they handed a 2-1 defeat

I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win- Kenkre FC on Saturday put an end to ARA FC’s hopes of making it to the I-League as they handed a 2-1 defeat to the team from Gujarat in the Pool B encounter here at the ongoing I-League qualifiers.

It was goals by Azfar Noorani in the 14th minute and Yash Mhatre’s strike in the 67th minute that ensured Kenkre FC successive wins in Pool B.

I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win

They had registered a sensational 2-1 win against Kerala United in their opening match of the group. Meanwhile, ARA FC opened their campaign this year with a 1-1 draw against debutants Corbett FC and in their second game lost 0-3 to Delhi FC who have displayed rampaging form in the qualifiers so far with two fantastic wins from the two matches they have played so far.

I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC's qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win
I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win

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In Saturday’s game, although it was ARA FC’s Hamiddu who created an early goal-scoring opportunity in the 9th minute of the match, with a shot on target, he couldn’t quite tap the ball in.

But in the 14th minute, Kenkre FC strikers made little error when they worked in tandem to set up a splendid goal to take a strong 1-0 lead in the game and put ARA FC under pressure early in the game.

I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win

ARA FC Coach Vivek Nagul would not have been pleased with his team’s missed chances even though their stats showed that they were better placed in terms of ball possession. But could not do much to finish it off with goals.

Kenkre, on the other hand, came back in the second half with better discipline and structure in their attack. The strategy worked in the 67th minute with Yash Mhatre striking a fine goal to take their lead to 2-0.

Though ARA FC tried desperately to make a comeback in the dying minute of the game with a goal in the 70th minute by Dahir Bala Alhassan, it wasn’t enough to stop Kenkre from romping home to a fine victory and adding three more points to their kitty.

I-League Qualifiers: Kenkre FC end ARA FC’s qualifying hopes with a 2-1 win



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